Used to be that buttons didn’t do much for clothing – at least as fastenings.
Didn’t make much sense when you’ve just spent half an hour lacing up your jerkin, so buttons were purely ornamental.
Badges of office and/or honor, status symbols, tchotchkes.
Most of us don’t have the cachet to wear buttons just for the hell of it.
For us there is National Count Your Buttons Day.
As is typical of the cooler, weird national holidays, nobody really knows why there’s a Count Your Buttons Day, much less why it’s on Oct. 21.
Perhaps it’s a quirky way to control OCD.
Maybe we count buttons today because it’s starting to get cold and there’s still time to fix our clothes before you freeze.
Or maybe some national-holiday maven looked down one day and thought, “Ooh, I’m missing a button, and look there’s my belly button. Let me count the rest.”
At any rate, today is your golden opportunity to count all of the buttons on the clothes you’re wearing.
Plus the others, and probably anything else that might have buttons – purses and satchels, comforters, slip covers ... any personal article that might combine function and some funky button fashion.
A little more about buttons
Mankind has been fascinated by the button since about 2,700 BC, and that’s almost how long people have collected buttons.
The earliest buttons were made from bone, horn, wood and seashell, materials that were readily available and easy to carve.
The Bronze and Iron Ages saw the advent of metal buttons in China and Rome.
The first buttonholes surfaced in Germany in the 13th century, and by the time the 14th century rolled around, buttons were all the rage in Europe.
Buttons and buttonholes have been together ever since, and a good thing it is.
For more about the history of buttons, collecting buttons, and so forth,
The National Button Society
- c/o Susan Porter, Secretary
- 1564 Wilson Rd.
- Ramona, Calif. 92065
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