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How to engage the slide show:
click on the first image on the left of the gallery below, then select the arrow at the bottom left of the enlarged image. Or you can manually go to the next slide by hovering your cursor on the middle right side then clicking the arrow that appears. Hover your cursor on the middle left side then click the arrow that appears to go backwards. Close the slide show or manual show by clicking the X button on the lower right of the image. (The image of each button is followed by an image of that button's back or reverse side.)
Acknowledgments, References and information for this category are at the bottom of this page.
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Section 1 : Celluloid
* To download and print a pdf of the celluloid worksheet click this link: .
Some descriptions of these buttons may be cut off. Full descriptions can be seen in the slide show mode.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Lou Yeargain and Barbara Barrans for assisting in the development of this section and for the use of images from their collections for many of the above examples. A special thanks to Joan Lindsay & Joy Journeay for their expert editing skills!
(1) National Button Society Blue Book - Official NBS Classification and Competition Guidelines
(2) Hughes, Elizabeth and Marion Lester. The Big Book of Buttons. St. Johann Press - 2010
(3) Monica Walker. It's all about Celluloid Buttons - 2005
Note 1 - For celluloid buttons only, the openwork feature does not go all the way through the button as defined in the Blue Book appendix.