The episode singles these sounds out for analysis and deconstructs their origin, a classic approach that works beautifully.
You may find yourself looking toward your phone several times during the episode’s five-minute run, thinking you’ve received a text—a weird overlap of podcast and life that makes the episode’s point perfectly.
This design was lost with them until it re-emerged in mid-19, “clothes began to be made so close-fitting that they followed the lines of the body from shoulders to hips like a glove.” Buttons helped that snug fit along.
This didn’t mean clothes were cut more sparingly; wealthy people still liked the costly display of excess fabric.
Unlike modern buttons with their iconic four-square holes, the shank style left the button’s face totally free: a tiny blank canvas one could cover, carve, polish, or paint with luxurious abandon.
The medieval period was the era when wearing lots of buttons meant big money.
They seem to reflect only the number of machines produced whilst each letter was in use. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) A new numbering system was introduced in 1955, though this ran concurrently with the old one for two years. Reynolds 531) frames, and involved the placing of a character at the beginning of the serial number.Franco Jacassi, reputedly the world’s biggest button-collector, describes this as a time when you could pay off a debt by plucking a precious button from your suit.Italians still describe the rooms where powerful leaders meet as On women’s clothes particularly, buttons traced the body’s lines in suggestive ways, making clothes tight in all the right places or offering up intriguing points of entry.But, on both men’s clothes and women’s, buttons helped accentuate lovely lines, of the arm, say, or the bosom.Buttons came in all shapes and sizes, but most often they were mounted on a shank; you ran thread through the shank’s hole to attach the button to fabric.