Black and white headshot photograph of a woman with black rectangle with white text below it inside a circle with an American flag style background and blue and white text outside that
Parisian Novelty Company was established in Chicago in 1898. For over a century, the company manufactured many advertising items and novelties, including compacts, tape measures, and buttons. In addition to being a pioneer in the production of celluloid novelties, Parisian Novelty Company was well-known as a photo button manufacturer at the beginning of the 20th century.
This button was used as a sample to show customers what an employee identification badge would look like. There is a small window in the front of the button, behind which a photograph is placed.
Compactstory. (2012, May 20). The Parisian Novelty Company and its celluloid advertising cases. Collecting Vintage Compacts. Retrieved from http://collectingvintagecompacts.blogspot.com/2012/05/parisian-novelty-company-and-its.html
Proceedings of the twentieth annual convention of the Photographers' Association of America. (1900). The Professional and Amateur Photographer: A Practical Journal of Photography, 5(8).