Button History

20th Century

Buttons in the 20th century - Century of plastic buttons.

Celluloid

Celluloid appeared in the 1870s, initially as an alternative to ivory for making billiard balls. It was not a perfect synthetic substance, a major drawback being its low resistance to heat. Nevertheless, celluloid became popular for making buttons because it took colours well and could be manufactured to imitate the texture of various materials including natural materials. It was widely used in button manufacture until the 1940s.

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