Friday, March 31, 2017

The Steampunk

Steampunk by definition is "a style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technologies inspired by science fiction and steam-powered machinery." The first time I saw this button I thought of the steampunk style. With its exaggerated web of metal frillery, the escutcheon could be right out of a film about time travel by Terry Gilliam. Lampooning the lavish flair of art nouveau, the brass shield might also be the logo for a newfangled Industrial Revolution set in an old-fashioned future. Most amazingly, the black Bakelite at the base of this ornate mishmash actually secures its own relevance with deep-cut grooves and a hypnotic luster. Needless to say, this button pushes all of my imagination buttons. Probably made in the early 1920's.

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