I’m including these buttons because its my blog and I can! However, it is likely most of them were manufactured in Europe. An exception to this may be the “Jack and Jill” koalas that were “produced soley by Rex C Norris”. I’m not a collector of modern souvenir buttons (either Asian made or by local artists) but I do love vintage buttons depicting kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras and the like.
Below are some examples of animal shapes punched from sheets of casein. These style of novelty buttons were popular from the late 1930’s, but are probably all imported. Adverts from around 1939 (like the one shown) depict a koala button amongst other European-made animal buttons.
The buttons below are all in Carol’s collection.