Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Toggle Tuesday: Bang! Bang!

Is it just me, or do so many of my Bakelite buttons look like stylized ammunition? Case in point: these toggles. To me they look like a couple of attractive bullets (.45 caliber, to be exact). For that reason, I call these "bullet buttons" even though they might just as easily be stubby torpedoes or even A-bombs. 

Here's a theory: Bakelite was made during the interwar years (the years between WWI and WWII), so maybe the general shapes of combat somehow extended into the realm of 1920's and 30's fashion? I'm no scholar on the history of design, but that's something I wonder about every time I see an incendiary device in the form of a Bakelite button.    

-Sherbert McGee

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