Buttons

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H.N. Abrams, Oct 10, 1991 - Antiques & Collectibles - 175 pages
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Presenting more than 1,000 examples of the fine art of button-making--from the private collection of the proprietors of Tender Buttons in New York City--this beautifully illustrated compendium offers a history of button design as well as carefully researched scholarly information for the serious collector. 208 full-color illustrations.

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I guess you probably either "get" buttons, or you don't. This book has many many sumptuous photographs of gorgeous buttons I'd love to own--no, not to wear, just to take out and admire from time to time. What's so weird about that? Read full review

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About the author (1991)

As a writer, Diana Epstein focused her attention on buttons. She wrote three books on buttons in collaboration with her partner, Millicent Safro: The Collector's Guide to Buttons, Buttons, and The Button Book. Epstein's obsession with buttons began one afternoon in the early 1960s when she ran an errand to replace some buttons she felt were inferior. The shop where she expected to find proper buttons was closed because the previous owner had died. Epstein, who was always noted for her artistic flair, acted solely on a whim, purchased the inventory of several hundred thousand buttons, dating back to the early 1930s, for $5,000 and she rented the store. A week later Epstein met Millicent Safro, an antique restorer who took pity on Epstein and decided to help her organize the collection. When they sold six buttons one day in the store, they both began doing extensive research into the button-collection business. Their shop, "Tender Buttons," was named from a line from Gertrude Stein. It is a very popular shopping place for the rich and famous of New York, located at 143 East 62nd Street. Epstein grew up in Chicago and was raised by an aunt. She graduated from the University of Chicago and studied at the Chicago Institute of Art. She moved to New York and tried various times to write, but soon settled into editing. This was before that fateful afternoon when she stumbled into her life's work. Epstein died April 3, 1998 at the age of 61.

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