Monday, May 22, 2017
An ideally yellow button in the color we Bakelite fanatics call custard, here's a sunny chunk of 1929. Divvied into six folds and then etched with decorative lines, this carefree canary sports a winning composure and a vintage cheeriness. Unlike the cheapjack plastics of today that are farted out of modern machinery by the gazillions, there's something wonderfully spirited about a Bakelite button. You really have to hold one in your hand to appreciate the feeling. Then again, be careful. Bakelite is bizarrely seductive and you might end up starting a collection of this highly charismatic material.