One of the traits I look for in an old button is a sense of fun. The button pictured here is a chocolate button in Bakelite with a ring of carved letter U's or horseshoes going around its surface alongside a repeated circular pattern. "Fun" is what this button is having and that's why I like it. The majority of buttons made nowadays are stodgy and unexceptional. Take an old Bakelite button from the 1930's and that's rarely the case. Why, I wonder, has the art of button-making gone out the window?