Wear It With Pride!

Posted by Kent Osborne on

Somehow I became the curator of my fathers’ eclectic button collection.  It’s actually far less of a button collection and more of a small briefcase of all things buttons.

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There is an impressive number of  Northeast South Dakota buttons – from Snow Queen Festival buttons dating back to 1956 to Cresbard Golden Jubilee and Aberdeen Diamond Jubilees dating back to the same era. 

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One of my favorites is a 1940 Dakota Days button boasting “5000 Coyotes”. 

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There are handfuls of area sports buttons,  PEP Cereal WWII Military pinbacks, and a pile of Red Cross buttons from around the same time.

Some of the buttons I enjoy looking at the most are those from South Dakota’s political contests. The old ones are neat to look at, but buttons from those people I knew bring back some great memories.  I have 3 buttons from Governor’s I’ve met over the years.

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There is a George Mickelson Inaugural button from 1987.  One of my first trips to Pierre for SDPB was to broadcast an inaugural.  It brings back many memories of a big man with a big, hearty laugh.   Much simpler times back then even on the South Dakota political landscape.

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