Capitalized black text surrounding the illustrated yellow and black image of a honey bee on a white background.
MANUFACTURED BY ST. LOUIS BUTTON CO. ST. LOUIS, MO. PAT. AUG. 8, '99
The buttons were available for sale by the American Bee Journal when their offices were located at 117 N. Jefferson St. in Chicago. An advertisement for the button appears in the 1911 edition of Bees and Honey: First Lessons in Bee-Keeping by Thomas Gabriel Newman and revised by Camille Pierre Dadant, published in Chicago by the George W. York & Co., former owner of the American Bee Journal. The book was digitized by the University of Minnesota in 2011 and the full-text is available via Google Books.
The American Bee Journal was founded in 1861. The journal was purchased by Camille Pierre Dadant in 1912 and was moved to Hamilton, Illinois. Camille Pierre Dadant was the son of French-American beekeeper, business-owner, and apiologist Charles Dadant. Dadant & Sons Inc. continues to produce beekeeping supplies in addition to publishing The American Bee Journal from Hamilton, Illinois.