Sunday, 21 July 2013

End of an Era: Met Buttons

Two of the last few metal tags that I got on my recent Met trip
In New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art used to issue these metal tags to visitors that also functioned as a mini souvenir.

But after June 30, the storied museum ended its 42-year run that started on January 1, 1971. The main reason is because the cost of metal has gone up, now costing three cents a button compared to two cents a few years ago.

Now people will be issued a sticker that costs a penny, allowing the museum to allocate more of its budget to exhibitions.

It's sad to see the tag go, but also sadly understandable.

We're just glad we were there to get two in the end as keepsakes.

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