Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Don't Eat the Bakelite!
My favorite color of Bakelite is red. Especially when polished to a candied shine, red Bakelite buttons look like hard, savory confections. This button epitomizes the sweet trickery of bright red Bakelite. Truth be told, if you bit down on this goody you'd probably crack your jaw. I bought this button from a fellow-Bakelite collector who acquired a whole batch of these at an estate sale in upstate New York. Notice the leaf design curling inwards along the rim. That's an Art Deco motif that occurs often in Bakelite buttons. It harks back to the 20's and 30's, exemplifying a style that thrived during the glory days of Betty Boop.