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Zebra Advertising Button Museum
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ZEBRA.
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Yellow, black and white illustration of a zebra on a white background with black text

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AMERICAN PEPSIN GUM CO. BUTTONS MADE BY WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO NEWARK, N.J. PATENT JULY 17 1894 APRIL 14, 1896 JULY 21, 1896

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Zebras are native to Africa and feed on grass and occasionally shrubs, twigs and leaves. There are three different species of zebra: plains, mountain and Grevy’s zebra. Zebras are generally thought to have a white coat with black stripes, but under their coats they have black skin. Zebras have their own unique patterns and no two are alike. When zebras are in a group their combined stripes make it hard for predators to single out a zebra to chase.

This button was a give-away button from American Pepsin Gum Company. 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.  

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AD0818
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