Nice to visit the button exhibition in the "Historic Museum Lüdenscheid / Geschichtsmuseum Lüdenscheid" on the heritage of button making. Lüdenscheid was long considered "button city". From about 1785 until after the Second World War, the production of metal buttons was one of the most important economic sectors. Lüdenscheid buttons went all over the world: Europe, Russia, China and Australia. The buttons were partly made in homework; other industries such as the engravers and toolmakers also lived from the button production. When buttons (in plastics) could be made cheaper elsewhere, the Lüdenscheider manufacturers turned around.