In the episode of “Three Little Beers” (Video) the Stooges need to get into a golf tournament, at the entrance to the golf club they are informed that only members of the Press are admitted, so they go into the Gentleman’s Lounge and come ready with some buttons to show the receptionist:
Moe: Press! (shows a press button)
Larry: Press! (does the same)
Curly: Pull! (shows a “pull” button with metal rods coming out)
Curly runs then to join the others leaving behind a befuddled receptionist.
But this has nagged me for decades:
Where did the stooges got the rounded buttons from? From toilets from that time? Vending machines? It seems that the buttons were a common sight then so many got the joke then of how far the stooges could go to obtain something, but from what machine they got the buttons from?