Illustration of a pink carnation with green leaves and stem on a white background with black text along the top and bottom edge.
THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. NEWARK N.J. PATENTED JULY 17, 1894 APRIL 14, 1896 JULY 21, 1896
PAT. JULY 21, 1896
This button was a give-away button from American Pepsin Gum Company and was part of a collectible set. 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.
Pink Carnations are sometimes believed to by a symbol of a women/mother's pure love. In Christian religions, the story of pure love began with Jesus being crucified. Legend says that when Jesus was carrying the cross, his mother Mary cried. Wherever the tears fell, pink carnations began to grow.