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This 5/8" celluloid button has L.O.T.M. written above a globe with a beehive on it. Under the hive are 5 intertwined rings with the letters T F L S P within them. On the left of the hive, a ribbon says Ad Astra. To the right, a ribbon says Peraspera.

The back paper is from Whitehead & Hoag 1896.

I'm thinking this is from some type of fraternal organization, but I can't seem to track down which one. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

I have had this pinback button in my collection since I started it in the early 90's. It's celluloid, with a black & white photo of a woman sitting on a globe, eating a bowl of rice. The perimeter says: DIGESTIBLE NUTRITIOUS CHEAP - WRITE FOR RICE RECIPES FREE - RICE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, CROWLEY, LA. (with a signature.) In the center of the globe, it says: Eat The World Food RICE.

Celluloid. Gold outer ring with colorful photographic heads of Henry Hudson and Robert Fulton above three drawings of ships in the Hudson River. Dates Sept. 25 to Oct. 9 are written below. 


Back paper says J. Boller, Novelties. Carnival Goods. Has a stamp with a 19 next to it. Then Confetti. 10 Barclay St., new York.


Rare Willkie Pin

This Willkie pin/button/broach belongs to the Hot Springs County Museum.  We have looked on the internet for a long time and can not find another like it.  Has anyone ever seen one of these before?  Know the manufacturer?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.   Please email to

Thank you,

J.D. Hurd, Historian

When was it produced & what it is worth? When tilted the colors "move".

I would like any information you may have on this button such as when it was produced & how much it may be worth.


in german language : Als Warenzeichen Patentrechtlich Geschützt
the whitehead & Hoag....Made In U.S.A.

My mother saved this button but I never learned its history. Is it possibly a Welcome Home for the WWI vets? On the back a paper insert says - Manufactured by St Louis Button Co, St Louis, Mo, Pat  Aug 8, '99. Can anyone add to the history?

Found in garfield, kentucky

Pinback shows Dixie Lee from the Smilin Jack comic strip of the 1930's-1950's by Zack Mosley.  Pinback character verified by Zack's daughter Jill Mosley.  Pinback issued by the June 1942 graduating class of Bartram High School in Philadelphia.  The Philly schools issued pinbacaks over a 40 year period to identify their high school graduations.  Anyone having any information about this high school tradition is asked to contact Hu Baer

1930 MSFA Balto. Convention

Balto. MSFA 1930
Baltimore Convention for the 
Maryland State Firemen's Association
St. Louis Button Co. stamped on back
Available on eBay at present time

Philadelphia High School Flying Jenny Pinback

This pinback was issued by Overbrook High School in Philadelphia.  The class of Feb 1942 had chosen Flying Jenny from the comic strip of the same name drawn by Russell Keaton to be their class mascot.  Issuing pinbacks showing a class mascot was a Philadelphia High School tradition.  This is one of the very few pinacks known to show Flying Jenny.  Anyone having information about class mascots chosen by other Philadelphia High Schools is encouraged to comment.

Disney Huey Dewey Louie Pinback Button

This pinback is from Bartram High School in Philadelphia and was issued to commemorate the graduation of the class of June 1942.   I am looking to obtain another copy of  this button and find out more about how it came to be issued by the school.  It is a licensed Disney product.  I am also looking for a similar pinback showing Huey, Dewey, and Louie that was issued in February 1942.  The Philadelphia High Schools graduated two classes a year back then.  I am trying to find out as much as possible about these Philadelphia pinbacks, especially those showing comic strip characters.  Any help

Philadelphia High Schools had a tradition of issuing a pinback button for each of the graduation classes of which there were 2 each year.  This button shows Dragon Lady from the Terry and the Pirates comic strip by Milton Caniff.  Pinback was issued by Overbrook High School of Philadelphia for the June 1947 graduating class. 

Here’s a pin from my collection that may not draw much attention at first, but has an interesting background. Here’s the story:

In my collection, I have had this neat pin for years and fairly recently obtained the postcard of Dakota Indian “John Other Day”. He was a Sioux (Dakota) Indian who was also known as “Anpetu-Tokeka”. Historically referred to as a ‘civilized’ indian, he is famous in Minnesota history and is considered a hero due to his efforts protecting white settlers from the slaughter by his own people in 1862. He was born near Swan Lake Minnesota in 1801. During the 1850’s, he married a white woman, converted to Christianity and became a farmer.

I found this in a old cabinet stereo system....on the edge is well written with a fine ink pen ...Oct 2 1922 Philadelphia Badge Co, Phila there is initial following ,but I can not read it.

This is a pocket mirror out of my collection showing an English bulldog with an apparent headache. This advertisement was created by the Caf-fee-no Drug and Advertising Company from Baltimore Maryland. The Paint, Oil, and Drug Review magazine printed in Chicago in April of 1900 said that the Caf-fee-no Drug and Advertising Company was incorporated in this year and were to be a manufacturer of medicines. 

Note that this company claims that their Caf-fee-no product “cures” headaches. 

Emerson Hamilton Liscum was an American hero of the Boxer Rebellion -- the largely forgotten conflict that began in 1899 and pitted the world powers (Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Japan and the U.S.) against Chinese nationalists who wanted to halt foreign influence in China. Liscum was a career soldier -- he volunteered in the Civil War and served as a Corporal in the First Vermont Infantry, then joined the Regular Army and was brevetted Captain for gallantry in the 1865 Richmond campaign.


Here is an interesting piece of Civil War history. This is the story of an escaped slave named Nicholas Biddle (pictured on this 1 3/4 diameter pinback button from my collection).

A favorite movie button -- Josephine Baker in her 1927 movie debut "Siren of the Tropics." Pictured with Josephine is her manager/lover Count Pepito Abatino. He was no "Count" at all, but a Sicilian stonemason and con man. But he did push Josephine into movies, although she never made it big as a movie star in America. 

Alongside the button is a photo of Josephine and Pepito taken same day, same place, same drink -- at a theatre in Paris in 1927 -- which is neat.