18th December 2021

Button Collecting part 1

The following article featured on a newspaper’s ‘children’s page’ about “queer collections”.

Sunday Times (Perth), 1st November 1936 page 31.


This next article is less judgemental/condescending …

The Canberra Times, 27th December 1978 page 21.



















Despite the headline, button collecting was not a “new craze” in 1978, although the British Button Society was new, having met for the first time in January 1976. In the USA the hobby had boomed from 1938. An excerpt from a letter that year follows:

Chronicle (Adelaide), 2nd June 1938 page 58.