Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Aerodynamic Bakelite

Swoosh! Here's an antique button that dreams of becoming a boomerang. A sort of elongated oval in burgundy, the button sports a gloss lamination that still glistens after 8 or 9 decades of existence. Despite the glaze, this old bird did test positive for Bakelite. With its streamlined shape and smooth design, I look at this button and see something born for hard-flung air travel. circa 1930.

-Sherbert McGee

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