BOOK: BUTTON POWER: 125 Years of Saying It with Buttons

On-sale October 13, 2020, BUTTON POWER by Christen Carter and Ted Hake uses pin-back buttons to tell the stories of cultural movements throughout American history. 

Through lively commentary between two of America’s most preeminent button experts, BUTTON POWER (published by Princeton Architectural Press) seeks to reveal the events and movements in American history that outraged, amused, and inspired us over time, and how little yet mighty buttons contributed to these monumental turning points. In a time of protests, elections, and uncertainty, BUTTON POWER paints candidacies and tales of empowerment in a whole new, colorful light.

From Dottie Dimple, the first button to use a literary character to endorse a product, to Roney’s Boys, the first band buttons, BUTTON POWER does not only speak to the politics of the past two centuries, but to the musical, literary, and artistic moments that shaped today’s society.

With cameos by Rube Goldberg, Muhammad Ali, the Ramones, Shirley Chisholm, Bette Midler, and more mascots of the past 125 years, BUTTON POWER is the first of its kind: a rich visual feast as appealing to the eye as it is to the spirit of curiosity. Featuring colorful photographs and artifacts, and stimulating conversation, this collection will be an essential pick for fans of pop culture, visual culture, and design.

“Social media is today’s most popular platform for self
expression, but the button preceded it as a way to tell
others what was on your mind and as a tool to help
spread an idea. No other form of wearable expression has
yet to replace the humble button – and unlike social
media, a button is something you can literally stand
behind.” – excerpted from BUTTON POWER

Hardcover/ $24.95

ISBN: 9781616898700

Pre-order it on Amazon HERE

About The Authors:

Christen  Carter  is  the  founder  of  Chicago-based  Busy  Beaver  Button  Company  and  has  produced more than 50 million buttons  for bands, artists, political campaigns, non-profits  and more.  In 2010, she started  the Button Museum, dedicated  to telling 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. 

photo by: Olympus Digital Camera