Illustration of a mocking bird in blue and yellow standing on a stick on a white background with black text along the bottom
AMERICAN PEPSIN GUM CO. BUTTONS MADE BY WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO NEWARK, N.J.
Mocking birds are medium sized birds commonly found in North America. There are 17 different species of mocking birds. The most common species is the Northern Mockingbird which is the state bird for Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Mocking birds get their names from their ability to mimic the sounds and calls of other animals and non-animal sounds such as sirens, squeaky doors, and car alarms.
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.