Queen Victoria wore only black after the death of Prince Albert in 1861. She used black jet-buttons on her somber black outfits. Her subjects imitated her with black glass-buttons.
The women rebelled against such staid fashion soon. Jackets, vests and boots with porcelain-buttons in more adventurous colors were adopted. Unmarried girls began gathering buttons to make “charm-strings”. Once a girl collected 999 buttons, her future husband would materialize with the 1000th button.
PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook
Young Jill had collected more than 850 buttons when she reached Briare. She visited all the tourist-sites including the famous aqueduct. Finally she went to the waste-dump of the button factory and found many buttons. As she picked up another button – Jack tumbled down the 20 ft dump and presented her with another – finally she had found her love.
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