Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Undiscovered Workings of Whistle Buttons

These double-cut rootbeer buttons are both sitting face down for this photo since I consider the undersides to be more interesting than the tops. My friend, Doreen, explained to me that these are called "whistle buttons" although we aren't sure how or why they got that name. Apparently, whistle buttons are most commonly made of porcelain. These, of course, are Bakelite. This morning I tried blowing through one of them, but instead of a whistle all I produced was a flatulent racket--and my dogs looked at me like I was out of my gourd.

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-Sherbert McGee   

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