On buttons: 12 Pretty Ladies — and the Princeton tiger

sarah bernGetting ready for the New Jersey State Button Society show on Saturday, I’m putting together a tray of “a dozen pretty ladies,” and one of them is a button with the head of Sarah Bernhardt (pictured), another of St. Cecelia. Another category that’s fun is “buttons representing New Jersey — sports, famous people,  harness racing, and the shore etc, The only famous person from my collection that I could put on that tray is — Lafayette. I did find one showing harness racing, and one with a Princeton tiger.

The show is Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union Fire Company in Titusville, New Jersey. The Union Fire Company, is at  1396 River Road (at the intersection of Route 29 and Park Lake Avenue in Titusville), opposite the Delaware River and D&R Canal State Park (with easy access to the canal park), a half mile north of Washington Crossing State Park in Hopewell Township, and some five miles south of Lambertville and New Hope, PA. There is plenty of free parking. Admission is $2 for adults, free for juniors to age 17. For questions about the show or the club, email me or see http://newjerseystatebuttonsociety.org.

Visitors may vote for their favorite entries in each of the competitions, including the Pretty Ladies category that asks for 12 buttons with pictures of women. Buttons showing various aspects of  New Jersey — sports, famous people,  harness racing, and the shore — will also be on display.

fall show second photo - Young button collector Elena Ibanez

Dealers from all over the East Coast sell vintage, antique, and modern buttons, and the activities also include educational displays and a button raffle. At 1:30 p.m. on September 12, Annie Frazier, former president of the National Button Society, will give a competition and judging workshop. .

Sometimes competitions are strictly judged, but for this show it’s “popular vote.” Every attendee gets to vote. It will be fun! Look for me in the kitchen serving coffee….

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