Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Today I am sharing the last of my vintage Mickey Mouse (and friends) pinback buttons.
Here are four smaller pins, an inch or less in diameter. The first two are nice early examples with "waving Mickey" poses. The third is from a set that featured various movie stars, and The Mouse was included along with the flesh-and-blood actors. The drawing resembles Mickey as he was seen on a number of British products, but I don't think that the button is from England. The fourth pin is apparently from Australia… I've seen color variations of "Pick-Me-Up" pins (Hake's Americana says that Pick Me Up was some sort of sauce, possibly a spaghetti sauce). I think every one I've seen had at least some spotting.
Speaking of Australia, the Donald pinback is from down under… Parramatta is just outside of Sydney. The second pin is unusual, printed on cloth; I've seen color variations of this one - it seems to have been made to put on your felt beanie. The third pin is from a set given away with Donald Duck peanut butter. The fourth pin features good old Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but this is from after he was taken away from Walt Disney; Walter Lantz over at Universal was making Oswald cartoons.
Now for some larger buttons, around 2 inches in diameter. The first example was supposedly worn by employees in music stores… I'd love to find a copy of this book to accompany the button! "Mickey Mouse: World Reporter" was a pin given out by Vicks cough syrup (bleah), and the Peter Pan pinback is another one that is rumored to have been worn by store employees.
And now for the final three! The example on the left is supposed to be one of the first Mickey Mouse pinbacks produced; the drawing of him is oddly stylized (as if Mickey wasn't stylized enough to begin with). In the middle you have a button with a fold-over tab for Mickey Mouse shoes. This one must be pretty rare, I don't see many of them. And lastly, we have a generic walkin' & wavin' Mickey in a scarce small size.
I hope you have enjoyed these vintage pinback buttons!