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White and dappled blue background, black text, and a color illustration of a man with a top hat and prominent mustache wearing a bass drum and holding a mallet in each hand
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HASSAN CIGARETTES FACTORY No 649 1st DIST NY W&H CO PATENTED
This circa 1910 button was given away as a free premium gift with the purchase of a pack of Hassan Cigarettes. The Turkish-blend brand was absorbed by the American Tobacco Company and no longer exists today. The artwork was designed by cartoonist Harry C. "Bud" Fisher who created one of the first successful daily comic strips in the U.S. “Mutt and Jeff”. This button was part of the "Mutt & Jeff Series" of over 250 designs. The back of the button features a paper insert advertising Hassan Cigarettes.
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