Card of buttons
Mother of pearl, paper, string
Each (button): 1 x 1/8 in. (2.5 x 0.3 cm) Overall (card): 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (14 x 8.3 cm)
Card of 5 1" 2 hole mother of pearl buttons attached to card with white string; 1 button missing. Card printed in light blue, navy and white at top: "B/ La Mode/ TRADE MARK/ REG.U.S.PAT.OFF"; "La Mode" printed in scrolling shadow-letters script over light blue image of spread eagle. Pale blue central box bordered in navy stripes and scroll motifs; printed at bottom "71" with "SUPERIOR QUALITY" at bottom center. Back of card printed in black with same motif at top "B/ La Mode/ TRADE MARK/ REG.U.S.PAT.OFF." over spread eagle, printed below: "Assures/ Quality and Value/ IN/ PEARL BUTTONS/ ALSO/ The Best and Latest Styles/ IN/ FANCY NOVELTY/ BUTTONS/ Sold Everywhere by Leading Retailers"; "La Mode" logo printed again at bottom flanked by "Ask for/ Buttons"; stamped at top in black ink "1500 45 7."
The donor's father, Leo A. Greene (1908-1954), spent his entire career at B. Blumenthal & Co. (founded in 1877), the leading American button importer and manufacturer in the country for much of the 20th century. The company had a large showroom in New York City on Broadway between 38th and 39th streets. Greene began as a stock boy in the 1920's and rose to Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors by the end of his career. La Mode was a division of B. Blumenthal & Company.
Gift of Lois Greene Stone
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