Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shell button history
Did you read the Etsy Storque article about the shell button industry in Iowa at the turn of the century? It's so interesting. I had no idea that so many of the those buttons came from Muscatine on the banks of the Mississippi. People actually worked in the dirt along the edge of the river harvesting the shells which were then taken to the factory to be cut and carved. You must go and read the article - really fascinating. There's even more information here.



3 comments:

fanciful devices said...

I just read this, as well as the info on the button museum site. so cool.

and now i must have those carved ones in the last picture.
oh damn, they sold!

the Armchair Parisian said...

I love buttons ~ what is it about them? I may have to dump out my collection & start stringing them...

AnnaVallance said...

Yes, I just read the article so I'm looking at my collection of thousands of mother-of-pearl buttons in a whole new light. I think I might try making a button bracelet.

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