Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fettuccine Wraparound

Wrapped in pasta-like strands, the centerpiece of this vintage button is a green octagon in Bakelite. But it's those twisty rows of celluloid strands that make this bold curiosity such a standout. When I first laid eyes on this button, I thought surely someone had glued the celluloid wreath to the Bakelite as a homespun embellishment. I was wrong. This is not a craft project, but a factory-made button from the early 1940's when Bakelite items were finally dying out as manufacturers began producing cheaper varieties of plastic. On a side note, fettuccine means "little ribbons" in Italian.

-Sherbert McGee  

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