Illustration of a Seagull over black text on a white background
AMERICAN PEPSIN GUM CO. BUTTONS MADE BY WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO NEWARK, N.J. PATENT JULY 17 1894 APRIL 14, 1896 JULY 21, 1896
Seagulls are medium sized sea birds that eat insects, plants, reptiles and amphibians. They often steal food from other birds, animals and people. Seagulls can drink salt water because they possess exocrine glands that excrete excess salt from their bodies through their nostrils. Seagulls are intelligent birds that have been known to use bread crumbs to attract fish and use their feet to produce sounds that attract earthworms.
This button was a give-away button from American Pepsin Gum Company. Many gum manufactures in the late 1800's used pepsin powder in their chewing gum and marketed it as a way to aid in digestion. Pepsin was thought to settle stomach issues and help people with digestive concerns.