On this day back in 1896, Benjamin S. Whitehead patented a design that led to the pin-back buttons we know and love today. His design featured a cellulose cover to protect a photograph that would be attached to a badge backing, ensuring it would not be torn or ruined by the elements. This was an innovative design that helped ensure the future success of pin-back buttons to the present day.
But did you know buttons predate this patent? George Washington used buttons with a flat metal face embossed with a slogan for his presidential inauguration back in 1789. These buttons would be sewn into a coat lapel, or worn as a pendant on a string.
Since Whitehead’s patent, pin-back buttons have been used to help promote comic characters, company products, and political campaigns. The Kellogg Company famously used them as cereal box prizes in 1945, developing a collectors series that quickly gained popularity in the United States.
Pin-back buttons have helped people and companies share their message with others, offering everyone a durable method to promote what they believe in. Here at Everyone Loves Buttons®, we believe in helping you share your message with the world. From advertising your business, spreading the word about your campaign, or even sharing your personal catchphrase with friends, we offer a variety of sizes and styles to suit all your button needs.
We can provide full service with your order, from helping you design the perfect button, full-color and top quality printing, and our legendary customer service to help you each step of the way. As a Certified Women Owned Business that has been active for over 21 years, nobody knows buttons better than us!
Celebrate with us online by ordering your very own set of custom pin-back buttons today, and use code 122YEARS for 15% off your button order! Be sure to show us your button love with the tag #WithAButton!