The Myerstown PA Button Show Oct 2013

vintage button by Scemama, ©booksandbuttons

vintage button by Scemama, ©booksandbuttons

Last week we drove to the middle part of Pennsylvania–Pennsylvania Dutch
country–to visit the Myerstown Button Show held at the Lantern Lodge.

It was a beautiful bright October day and the leaves were about midway in
color.  We didn’t go through the rigmarole of keeping a driving log–time,
temperature, mileage, etc–just took the trip!  Woody was enjoying a
pleasant day at his spa for grooming.

You could hardly distinguish where a tiny town began and ended, and they
all seemed to have long names.  My favorite was Lenhartsville.  I pictured
Friday night basketball games where the Lenhartsville High cheerleaders
would run out on the gym floor to lead a cheer:

“Give me an L!  (L)
Give me an E!  (E)
Give me an N! (N)”

and by the time they got all the way through “Lenhartsville” the game had
probably ended and everybody had  gone home!

Anyway, you want to see the buttons I bought!  I tried to concentrate on the
theme of designer buttons this time and had some good luck finding some
interesting ones I think.

The first two are by Ardor of Paris:

Ardor of Paris, 1 1/8", casein. ©booksandbuttons

Ardor of Paris, 1 1/8″, casein. ©booksandbuttons

Ardor of Paris, celluloid, 1 1/2", raised button, ©booksandbuttons

Ardor of Paris, celluloid, 1 1/2″, raised button, ©booksandbuttons

Here’s a prized little red Schiaparelli:

red floral Schiaparelli, 3/4" ©booksandbuttons

red floral Schiaparelli,
3/4″ ©booksandbuttons

and this sleek little number:

Brass and suede button by Art de Paris, 1 1/4"; ©booksandbuttons

Brass and suede button by Art de Paris, 1 1/4″;

and my “desert island favorite!” by Scemama with its original sales tag!

plastic clutch purse by Scemama with original sales tag, 1 3/8" ©booksandbuttons

plastic clutch purse by
Scemama with original sales tag, 1 and 3/8″ ©booksandbuttons

followed by a wonderful Paris tweed–I love it!

Paris tweed, 1 1/8", ©booksandbuttons

Paris tweed, 1 1/8″, ©booksandbuttons

Two more photos round out the purchases.  First, some Bakelite and
Bakelite wannabes . . .

That Bakelite red diamond is 4 inches long! ©booksandbuttons

That Bakelite red diamond is 4 inches long!

and how sweet is the little Bakelite American flag?

Last, a miscellaneous bunch that I just liked enough to buy:

miscellaneous buttons ©booksandbuttons

miscellaneous buttons ©booksandbuttons

That leaping figure is on a plaster button which was commonly used during
World War II when button metals were scarce.  To the right of that is a
brass lady’s head on leather I think.  Don’t miss the little “goofie” high heeled

We stopped for a late lunch at the Kum Esse Diner.  Do you know what that
means?  And then on the way home we stopped at two interesting little shops
to browse–Milkweed Antiques, and The Brown Bonnet.  You’d like them, but
O’Half didn’t show much interest!  All in all, it was a very pleasant daytrip.

That’s all, folks—choose your favorite buttons if you like!


You already know me---I'm in your book club. I've been in your book club in Wisconsin, in New York, in Missouri, in Connecticut. Now I'm in your book club in Pennsylvania. I love books! (I also collect buttons!) I'm looking forward to having conversations about books with people just like you----who also love books and want to talk about them. Send me an email: booksandbooks (at) me about a book you are reading. (or buttons of interest)
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