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24 Collectible Buttons

David K. Israel
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Christen Carter has accumulated thousands of historic buttons over the years. Beautiful ones. Hilarious ones. Crafty ones. Below, you'll find two dozen of the best, but there are many, many more over at the ButtonMuseum.org. Tell us your favorite in the comments!

This button was available in the 60s-70s in head shops, record shops and ephemera shops.

This is famous saying started by Rube Goldberg. Most people think of Rube Goldberg as the guy behind Rube Goldberg machines, but he's also famous for his illustrations of crazy inventions, as well as a founder of the National Cartoonist Society, which helped connect all the great cartoonists from the 1940s until now.

Drawn by Basil Wolferton, illustrator known as the Michelangelo of Mad Magazine. He's known for his grotesque illustrations, like a man with 7 noses!

Image of Yellow Kid to sell cigarettes! This is an early button from the late 1800s. Unreal, right?

From the early '70s, when different V.D.s were being talked about.

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