Wendell Greenwood Company

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Text on Button COMPLIMENTS OF The Wendell-Greenwood Co., Badges, Celluloid Buttons, Rubber Stamps 122 SOUTH FOURTH ST.
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Wendell-Greenwood is a stamps and badges corporation started by Charles W. Wendell. A printer, he arrived in Minneapolis in 1886 to run a branch print shop for his employer. Wendell and C. W. Greenwood bought the shop for themselves in 1886. Advertising lodge supplies for fraternal orders, flags for decorating, and ladies laces and embroidery in the newspaper, their varied business ventures seemed to pare down by 1914, when they were specifically advertising celluloid buttons. They were sued in 1920 for using a trade union label on buttons without permission, however, the company would bounce back in popularity. Wendell-Greenwood also manufactured the original Alcoholics Anonymous medallion. The company, now known as Wendell’s, has weathered relocations and new owners. The company still remains in greater Minneapolis.


(1914, May 30). Wendell-Greenwood Co. The Minneapolis Star (Minneapolis, Minnesota). P. 102.

(1920, August 30). Printing Co. Charged With Imitating Label. The Minneapolis Star (Minneapolis, Minnesota). P. 3.

C. W. Wendell. (1923) In History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest;

Chicago-Minneapolis V.2, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923. Retrieved from: http://files.usgwarchives.net/mn/hennepin/bios/1923/wendelcwf.txt

Wendell's History | Challenge Coins, Custom Coin Minting | Wendell's Inc. Wendells Incorporated. (2020). Retrieved from http://www.wendellsinc.com/about-us/our-history/.

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