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History of Pin-Back Buttons

Buttons are an item that date back to the first presidential inauguration in 1789, when George Washington’s supporters wore buttons imprinted with a slogan. These early buttons are different from the ones you would pin onto your shirt. They were either sewn onto the lapel of a coat or worn as a pendant on a string. It was in the late 1800’s that The Whitehead & Hoag Co. became he first button manufacturer and remained the foremost throughout the early years of the industry. They made the first pin back style button and had several patents for the pin back button, which included adding a sheet of transparent celluloid to the top of the photograph to prevent scratches. As the years went on, other inventors patented other improvements and modifications to the basic design.

In 1898, The Yellow Kid became a popular cartoon character and button subject. These buttons were offered as prizes with chewing gum and tobacco to increase sales. These buttons were produced with a concave opening on the backside (which provided a space to insert advertising), or with a closed back, filled with a metal insert and fastener. These are called “open back” and “closed back” buttons. Kellogg Company, the pioneer in cereal box prizes, began inserted prizes in the form of pin-back buttons into each box of Pep Cereal in 1945. These button or ‘Pep Pins’ included U.S. Army squadrons as well as characters from newspaper comics. There were 5 series of comic characters and 18 different buttons in each set making it a total of 90 buttons in the comic collection.

At Everyone Loves Buttons®, we have been making custom buttons for 18 years now. We have seen presidential campaign buttons, advertising buttons, or even just buttons that say how you feel. That is one of the beauties of pinback buttons; they can advertise for a company or show off something that you are passionate about. We offer a full service here, including: help with designing your own custom buttons, a full color printing process, and legendary customer service. We started our business with a hand machine and a dream. Now we are a Certified Women Owned Business using electric machines and living the dream producing millions of buttons per year.

So now the question is…are you ready to create your own button history?

Here is the evolution of our button machines:

97 handmachine 1in handmachine electric 4 spot machine electric 6 spot machine

Merry Christmas: A Recipe to Celebrate


Santa Claus is coming to town and we are in the Christmas spirit! For all of you who are on the Nice List (Okay and for those who were on the Naughty List, no judgment.), we wanted to share one of our family recipes.



This recipe is called Little Gems and is a short bread cookie filled with raspberry jam. We think they are cute as a button (pun intended).


Little Gems:

  • 3 Cup Flour
  • 3 Sticks Butter
  • 1 Packet of Dr. Oekter Vanilla Sugar (you can substitute 1-2 tsp Vanilla extract)
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/8 tsp salt (just a pinch)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Jar of Raspberry Seedless Jam (feel free to try other jam flavors)

First make the cookie dough and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 min – 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 325-350 degrees. When dough has cooled, roll into small balls. Using a handle of a wooden spoon or your thumb, make an imprint in the middle of each cookie. Finally spoon in the raspberry jam into the middle imprint. Place in oven and cook until the edges are slightly golden brown.

Let cool and enjoy! To keep the cookies soft, store them in an airtight container.

From all of us here at Everyone Loves Buttons, Merry Christmas!

ELButtons production time just got a whole lot FASTER!

Production Time how important is that too you?

Not only are we the fastest in the industry with 1-3 day standard production time on most orders but now our web site is even faster giving  you the experience you deserve when searching us for all your custom buttons needs.

To help our customers navigate and have a better experience we have updated the speed of our web site at  For over 17 years Everyone Loves Buttons®  has been creating all types of custom buttons.  Whether it’s for Events & Promotions, Political Campaigns, Schools & Colleges, Arts & Organizations, Religious & Church events or Retail & Sales to Miscellaneous personal needs, if you have something to say we can put it on one of over 22 sizes & shapes of buttons.

Remember we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®.  We are the USA’s only Nationally Certified Women Business Enterprise in our industry.  Call us today for your next custom button project for that Personalized service you should expect and demand for your custom button needs.


Everyone Loves Buttons featuring fast production time, Service, Quality, and Value since 1997!  Certified WBENC

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

To all of my family, staff and wonderful clients:

I want to wish everyone a safe holiday season as well as a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Make 2014 be the best ever for all of us at Everyone Loves Buttons®

Maura Statman, President

We know you have a choice when it comes to ordering your Custom Buttons so Remember we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®

Our Owner of Everyone Loves Buttons