The Interest on Pin-back Buttons
A pin-back button is popularly known as a campaign button and which is fastened to the surface of a garment using a safety pin or a wire or other kinds of fastening mechanism. This fastening mechanism is found at the back side of the button's metal disk, which can be either flat or concave, and at the front of the button is a space where a message or image can be placed.
Pin-back button pins can be traced back to the time of President George Washington, when he wore a brass campaign button during his inauguration in 1789 and since that time, all of the US presidents have been using pin-back buttons for their campaigns. In 1860, the political platforms of Abraham Lincoln were promoted into pin-back buttons with interesting photographs and that was considered as the first use of pin-back buttons as campaign buttons. Then in 1893, Benjamin S. Whitehead patented the first innovation in the designing of pin-back buttons by using a transparent film which was mounted over a photographed image placed on the button, to protect the image from abrasion and scratches. Then in later years, Whitehead also patented the use of a metal pin which was anchored at the back of the button with the purpose of fastening it.
The most popular use of pin-back buttons is for promotional campaign purposes, but these valuable buttons do have other uses, such as mementos and keepsakes, gifts for your friends and family. When there is an important occasion to celebrate, like it's the 90th birthday of your grandpa, you can put a picture of him and have this put in place on pin-back buttons which can be given as souvenir items to members of the family and guests during the celebration party. It is a perfect memento for everyone to keep, preciously reminding in time memorial of the celebrant.
Some innovative pin-back button designers have created a way of changing the traditional button design with a pin at the back to a magnet at the back. This alternative design is for those who do not want to pin the button on their garment, but instead people can leave this button on their refrigerators or metal lockers and can still continue to remember the occasion of which these buttons were provided for. Another innovative design is installing a small mirror at the back of the button which can be used by the ladies as a purse accessory for their quick, make-up fix. And more interesting, design innovations may come out in the future, which goes to show that pin-back buttons have a gone a long way of promoting its original purpose.