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Here is a pocket mirror likely from around 1900 showing a real photo captioned “Troubandore Mandolin Club Arbor Pennsylvania”. In the late 1800’s, mandolin playing became very popular. Glee clubs and banjo clubs already existed in schools and colleges at that time, but mandolin clubs started taking over. The mandolin had an advantage over other instruments like the banjo and guitar because the mandolin was cheap, small, romantic, and easy to play. In 1902, the Sears and Roebuck catalog offered six different models of mandolins!

Issued by the Philadelphia Badge Co in the 1920's, here is a "Snookums" pin. Sunny McKeen, known as Snookums was born in 1924 and became a Hollywood child movie star in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. He starred in 39 "Newlyweds and Their Baby" silent movie shorts that lasted from 1926 to 1929. Sunny was very popular at the time with his adorable face and pointed cowlick and most of these movie shorts revolved around him. There were other titles like Snookums’ Tooth, Fishing Snookums, Snookums’ Buggy Ride and Snookums Disappears. Unfortunately, many of his films were not cared for.

This beautiful pocket mirror was issued in the early 1900’s during the golden days of Revere Beach Massachusetts. This beach is located about 5 miles north of Boston. In 1896, the Metropolitan Park Commission wanted to turn a very popular and beautiful area of beach known as Crescent Beach into a major amusement park and ocean-side destination.

This pocket mirror is a real favorite of mine being one of the most colorful and well-designed celluloid items in my collection. 

This 7/8" button appears to have been issued during tough times - like the Great Depression.  The message is to share with others who are needy.    It is an open pin back and has a paper maker's label in the back that reads: "The Whitehead & Hoag Co.  Buttons, Badges, Novelties, and Signs.  Newark, N.J.'


I have this button that is made by whitehead & hoag ,that I am looking for information on.On the back of the button it has the mfg.`s name and a date of april 14 1896,but no clues to the meaning of the initials on the front of the button.I have added 2 links to get a close up view.I would be very appreciative if you have any information.


This Santa button is made by the St. Louis Button Co. Date unknown, if you know anything, we'd love to hear!

aleph button

I collect (American) Judaic lapel buttons
I have approximately 3000 unique items. Each one represents a different moment in the American Jewish life and offers a way to learn about the Jewish experience.

White Mystery Blood Buttons

White Mystery "DNA" buttons with bloody fingerprints belonging to Miss Alex White.  Limited edition of 12 made March 12, 2010 at Busy Beaver Button Co.

White Mystery Hair Button

One-of-a-kind, one-inch buttons encase red curly hair from Miss Alex White of White Mystery.  Only 30 made in 2009 at Busy Beaver Button Co. in Chicago.