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Duluth Button Collection

If you have a button to add, upload it to the comments. If it’s a general Duluth button I’ll add it to the gallery; if it’s a button for a specific Duluth entity like UMD hockey or Spirit Valley Days, I’ll keep them out of the gallery but let them shine in the comments.

It’s one of the nice things about the Internet — we can all have a button collection without having to have a button collection.

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33 Comment(s)

  1. The “We’re Duluth and proud of it” is begging to be put on a shirt. Any vendors or presses have such a product?

    “Shut up and take my money.”

    adam | Jul 1, 2012 | New Comment
  2. Well, there was this one.

    Paul Lundgren | Jul 1, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Starfire | Jul 1, 2012 | New Comment
  4. banjo tom | Jul 2, 2012 | New Comment
  5. Fred Tyson!

    Paul Lundgren | Jul 2, 2012 | New Comment
  6. 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.

    Barrett Chase | Jul 2, 2012 | New Comment
  7. The Shoppers’ City button, from the post “Zayre’s Shoppers’ City Discount Department Store in West Duluth.”

    Slim Jimmy M | Jul 2, 2012 | New Comment
  8. Izzy Absinthe | Jul 6, 2012 | New Comment
  9. 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).

    Ted Heinonen | Jul 9, 2012 | New Comment
  10. I feel as though this button is especially ironic now.

    moosetracks | Jul 10, 2012 | New Comment
  11. Here are two Albert Woolson buttons from the collection at Veterans’ Memorial Hall at the Depot.

    Paul Lundgren | Jul 16, 2012 | New Comment
  12. College of St. Scholastica centennial button:

    Paul Lundgren | Aug 16, 2012 | New Comment
  13. 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.

    Paul Lundgren | Mar 27, 2013 | New Comment
  14. Paul Lundgren | Apr 1, 2013 | New Comment

  15. Paul Lundgren | May 5, 2013 | New Comment
  16. I’m fairly confident these are the two finest Duluth buttons ever.

    Paul Lundgren | Jul 27, 2013 | New Comment
  17. 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.

    Paul Lundgren | Aug 3, 2013 | New Comment
  18. For hockey fans …

    Paul Lundgren | Aug 5, 2013 | New Comment
  19. Ripsaw! Transistor!

    Paul Lundgren | Aug 14, 2013 | New Comment
  20. Chester Park Ski Club!

    Paul Lundgren | Mar 13, 2014 | New Comment
  21. Duluth Arena, 1976!

    Paul Lundgren | Mar 22, 2014 | New Comment
  22. I’d like to add a few buttons to the collection. Here’s a Duluth Junior Police button.

    leefr | Mar 22, 2014 | New Comment
  23. Hayfever Club of America

    leefr | Mar 22, 2014 | New Comment
  24. Another Patrick Product

    leefr | Mar 22, 2014 | New Comment
  25. Three buttons from the 300 year celebration

    leefr | Mar 22, 2014 | New Comment
  26. 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.

    spy1 | Mar 22, 2014 | New Comment
  27. Paul Lundgren | Mar 24, 2014 | New Comment
  28. In recognition of the bonding bill, “Save the Wade” circa the late 1980s.

    Paul Lundgren | May 16, 2014 | New Comment
  29. Paul Lundgren | May 19, 2014 | New Comment
  30. Paul Lundgren | May 21, 2014 | New Comment
  31. 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….

    emmadogs | May 21, 2014 | New Comment
  32. Most of them come from my attic or my parents’ basement, but the Honor Brand one came from

    Paul Lundgren | May 21, 2014 | New Comment
  33. I go to antique stores and collect buttons. Some booths across town have good ones.

    moosetracks | Jun 11, 2014 | New Comment

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