I'M GOING TO HEAR "RONEY'S BOYS" ARE YOU?
Blue and red text curved on top and bottom of button on white background. Image of Henry Roney dressed in a suit surrounded by his young performers dressed in matching stars and stripes outfits. Band members holding their musical instruments: banjo, flute, and violin.
ALLIED PRINTING TRADES COUNCIL UNION LABEL NEWARK 3
Buttons made by The Whitehead & Hoag Co.
Newark, N.J., U.S.A.
Patented April 14th, 1896,
July 21st, 1896.
One of two designs for the Roney's Boys.
First known band button!
Busy Beaver blog post about these guys.