Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Button Wednesday : Whistles



It is Wednesday again, so it's BUTTON DAY on my blog. It would be great if you could do the same; make your Wednesday a button day too. Have you seen a lovely, beautiful, stunning, crazy button or button-related thingy, or did you make something with a button / buttons, or did you even make buttons yourself, blog about it on your blog on Wednesday, and give the link here via Mister Linky at the end of this post.


I have two small buttons in my collection that looked very strange to me at first. They have 2 holes on one side (so nothing special there), but only one hole on the other side ! The two holes are not through and through; there is a cavern between the front and back side. A little research let to the following: the "whistle" button is defined as a button that has one hole on top, and two or more on the bottom. This type of button was designed because people thought that by protecting the thread, and keeping it away from the top of the button, it would be more likely to stay on longer. The name "whistle" comes from the notion that one could blow into one of the holes and make a whistling noise, like blowing into a soda bottle.

Here an article from Cecile T. Kohrs about the most amazing whistles, with lots of lovely pictures. And here the most lovely China whistles I have ever seen.


!!!!!!!!!! If you have something for The Button Wednesday, give Mister Linky your name and the link to your button post !!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 comments:

Annemiek - TwoTreesBelgium said...

so funny and interesting

Rita alias alatvian said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Bigbluebed said...

What lovely interesting buttons.

l'actrice said...

Never heard about this kind of a button:-)

fleurfatale said...

ooh, interesting and fun !
I am always surprised that there s so much to tell around such a simple things as buttons!

Nauli said...

Hey, we're back for Button Wednesday! You're a real specialist!

Star of the East said...

Never saw a button like this, very interesting!

L'Ind├ęcise said...

Oh, I didn't know that, is the first time I see that kind of button.

"Button facts" by P8 :)