Around 1925 and following WWI, the Art Deco period exploded into fashion.. Art Deco buttons are easily identified by their geometric forms and zigzag lines. Many are made of bakelite or celluloid.
Celluloid was invented in the 1860’s and consisted of both organic and synthetic materials. Celluloid buttons were common, but had one bad characteristic. They were quite flammable!
The invention of bakelite in 1909 meant the demise of celluloid! Bakelite was invented in 1909 and was considered the first real plastic because it was made of completely synthetic materials. Bakelite buttons are hard and come in many bright colors and unusual shapes. Bakelite is a very desirable material in the collector’s world today.