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The Little Ole’ Button Maker was a registered trademark of the Hand Tip and Novelty Co. for promotional buttons in their line. The trademark was registered in 1970 and, on it, notes the first commercial use of the Little Ole’ Button Maker was in 1965. The trademark expired in 1993.
The Hand Tip and Novelty Co. was a manufacturer of promotional items founded in Manhattan, New York, in 1900. Their main products at that time were ornate brass medallions and political buttons. This changed in the 1950s as promotional buttons became popular advertising strategy. Hand and Tip Novelty Co. eventually became Hantico Line, a specialty advertising company. The company moved its base to Newburg, New York, in 1984. Though the Hantico Line produced other items such as ribbons, clips, and clipboards, buttons were the main focus of the company. Hantico was later purchased by Uniflex, a bag manufacturer, in 1992. In 1995, Uniflex Inc. sold Hantico to American Greenwood Inc. that had a similar promotional product line.