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COMPLIMENTS OF The Wendell-Greenwood Co., Badges, Celluloid Buttons, Rubber Stamps 122 SOUTH FOURTH ST.
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This button is a happy example of a company still in existence. Wendell-Greenwood started 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. Newspaper ads show them advertising lodge supplies for fraternal orders, flags for decorating, and ladies laces and embroidery. A 1914 ad advertised celluloid buttons. They were sued in 1920 for using a trade union label on buttons without permission. The company, now known as Wendell’s, has weathered relocations and new owners. They are still in greater Minneapolis. They also made the original Alcoholics Anonymous medallion.


(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:

Wendell's History | Challenge Coins, Custom Coin Minting | Wendell's Inc. Wendells Incorporated. (2020). Retrieved from

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