Color Illustration of the back of a balding man's head with a few black hairs on the bottom and top of his head. Black text curves on the bottom portion of the button. The illustration and text lie on a white-blue dotted background.
Quality Tokio Cigarette
Factory No 649
1st Dist. NEW YORK
THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO.
Thomas E. Powers (1870-1939) was born on the Fourth of July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Powers was a nationally recognized cartoonist who worked at the New York Evening World, a William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) newspaper. Powers's most famous comic strip was "Joy and Gloom." The figure drawn for the button looks like it could be the back of Gloom's head. Both Hearst and Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) considered Power to be their favor cartoonist.
T. E. Powers. (2012, June 14). lambiek.net. Retrieved October 20, 2014, from http://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/powers_te.htm.