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Button Power

125 Years of Saying It with Buttons

Christen Carter, Ted Hake


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From the campaign trail to the rock tour, Button Power collects a people's history of American culture told through the pin-back button. Lively commentary from two of America's foremost button experts shows how the small but powerful button reveals the events and movements that outraged, amused, and inspired us over time, from the solo flight of Charles Lindbergh to the Black Power movement.

Artists, athletes, actors, politicians, punk and pop musicians, and mascots of the past 125 years make cameos, including Rube Goldberg, Muhammad Ali, the Ramones, Shirley Chisholm, Maratona the Snake Handler, and Ray Stevens, singer of "The Streak." The first book of its kind, Button Power is a rich visual feast. Each colorful spread chronicles defining moments in history through colorful photographs and artifacts. This collection will be an essential pick for fans of pop culture, visual culture, and design.

Praise For Button Power: 125 Years of Saying It with Buttons

"From political campaigns to punch lines to keepsakes, the button has packed bits of incredibly rich history into just a few inches....Button Power compiles a diverse array of notable figures, from Shirley Chisholm and the Ramones to Rube Goldberg and Muhammad Ali, each represented through the wearable item."
- Colossal

"I still have a few antique buttons I've collected over the years, but most were thrown out long ago. This is why I'm so glad to have Button Power by Christen Carter and Ted Hake. This is an orgy of button love, including chapters on Arts, Campaigns, Nature, People, Places, War and Anti-war, and more, more, more."
- The Daily Heller

Princeton Architectural Press, 9781616898700

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

About the Author

Christen Carter is the founder of Chicago-based Busy Beaver Button Company and has produced more than 30 million buttons for bands, artists, political campaigns, and more. In 2010, she started the Button Museum, dedicated to revealing American history through pin-back buttons.

Ted Hake is the founder of Hake's Auctions, America's first auction house to specialize in popular culture artifacts. He has written seventeen collectors' guides that span presidential campaign items, vintage Disneyana, and comic character toys. Ted has received the American Political Items Collectors Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association Advisory Board.