Profile illustration of Julius Caesar's head and shoulders with black text on a white background.
AMERICAN PEPSIN GUM CO.
Buttons Made by The Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J.
Patent July 17, '94. April 14, '96.
July 21, 1896.
This button is one of many created by the Whitehead and Hoag Co. in the late 1800s for the American Pepsin Gum Co. as give-aways. Many of the American Pepsin Gum Co. pinbacks featured portraits of historical figures such as Julius Caesar, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull.
Many gum manufactures in the late 1800s used pepsin powder in their chewing gum and marketed it as a way to aid indigestion. Pepsin was thought to settle stomach issues and help people with digestive concerns.