Piece together American political and graphic design history with the Button Up America 500 Piece Puzzle. The completed puzzle features a photo of 100 political buttons curated by the Busy Beaver Button Museum in Chicago.
Political buttons have been an important part of the American experience since George Washington's first inauguration in 1789 at Federal Hall in New York City. Washington wore a jacket fastened with buttons hand-engraved with eagle imagery. Reproductions were sold as souvenirs and the political button was born. Thanks to advances in commercial printing, celluloid production, and steel stamping, the pin-back button as we know it today was invented in 1895 by the New Jersey-based advertising specialties company Whitehead & Hoag, which mass-produced them for that year's presidential race between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. Today, even when most political campaigning happens online and on the airwaves, candidates continue to produce and distribute millions of pin-back buttons each election cycle.
Manufactured by Galison, packaged in matte-finish sturdy box, perfect for gifting, reuse, and storage. 500 pieces, ribbon cut, minimal puzzle dust. Includes insert with puzzle image
Box measures 8 x 8 x 2 inches, complete puzzle measures 20 x 20 inches. ISBN 9780735366428