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World Order of the Mafia Club Button Museum
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WORLD ORDER OF THE MAFIA CHARTER MEMBERS
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Large yellow text sits in the center with an illustration of a finger pointing to a skull and cross bones above and an illustration of two crossed daggers below.  Yellow text around the border on a black background. 

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On March 21, 1967, police in San Francisco made a large-scale narcotics bust. Attached to the bags of illegal marijuana were ten buttons, one of which included this one. The other buttons read “Stamp Out Pay Toilets,” “Freak Freely,” “Acid,” “Jesus Was A Dropout,” and “Legalize Grass.” In addition, shirts with the same text and images--except in white rather than yellow--were found in souvenir shops in New York’s Times Square during the early 1960s.

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Bragman, B. (2017, January 28). Turn on, tune in, get busted: Vintage Bay Area pot bust photos. Times Union. https://www.timesunion.com/bayarea/article/bay-area-marijuana-bust-weed-...

Coroneos, B. (1961). Souvenir hat shop, Times Square, NYC [Photograph]. https://www.reddit.com/r/TheWayWeWere/comments/elakyp/souvenir_hat_shop_...

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CL0254
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