"We're Duluth and proud of it" is begging to be put on a T-shirt. Do any vendors or presses have such a product?
"Shut up and take my money."
Well, there was this one.
Free Democracy Summit, 2006.
I want to know what patriotic event happened in Duluth from April 2-8 in 1984.
EDIT: And with about 30 seconds on Google, I found out it was the Air Canada Silver Broom world men's curling championship.
The Shoppers' City button, from the post "Zayre’s Shoppers’ City Discount Department Store in West Duluth."
Here are a few I've had in my odds and ends box. The top two are from the Duluth Fall Fest and the bottom one has a 1920 penny embedded in it (might be for a loan company that was located in the old Lyceum Theatre).
I feel as though this button is especially ironic now.
Here are two Albert Woolson buttons from the collection at Veterans' Memorial Hall at the Depot.
College of St. Scholastica centennial button:
I don't remember when they stopped making buttons for Spirit Valley Days, but by 1994 they were getting lazy with the graphic design.
They still had a flare for the fancy in 1991.
Geek Prom! French Larry!
I'm fairly confident these are the two finest Duluth buttons ever.
This is not a button, but since there are Portorama buttons above, I thought I'd post the first-place plaque from the 1968 Portorama polo competition. Available for $1.50 (half price) while it lasts at the estate sale on Jean Duluth Road, through Aug. 4.
For hockey fans ...
Chester Park Ski Club!
Duluth Arena, 1976!
I'd like to add a few buttons to the collection.
Duluth Junior Police button. Hayfever Club of America.
Another Patrick Product.
Three buttons from the 300-year celebration.
I have to say I was puzzled by these buttons until I looked it up. Tradition, esp. in the 1970s, was that men grew beards during celebratory founding years. You bought a button to say you were growing one (Brothers of the Brush) or had to have a pin saying you had a pass (shaver's permit). And I guess just a button to not leave the ladies out of the fun. Four decades of living and I'd never heard of these before.
Charlie Bell for Mayor (R.I.P.)
In recognition of the bonding bill, "Save the Wade" circa the late 1980s and "Restore NorShor" from 2013.
MacArthur Elementary School!
Where did you find that Honor Brand button??? In fact, where do you find all of the obscure buttons? I see nothing on eBay ... the closest I can come to anything is an old Duluth bumper sticker in screaming orange-and-yellow, stuck to the wall in my garage.
Well, and this.
Certainly not as cool as the buttons.
Most of them come from my attic or my parents' basement, but the Honor Brand one came from hakes.com.
I go to antique stores and collect buttons. Some booths across town have good ones.
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