Celluloid, metal, paper
1/8 x 7/8 in. diameter
A beige pinback button printed with a state seal, crest, symbol or motto from U.S. states and territories; marked "Utah", with an old fashioned conical basket bee-hive surrounded by flowers or fruit under a red banner that reads "Sept. 9/ 1850"; the bee-hive is a Mormon symbol representing Deseret, the Mormon oasis in the desert. Part of a series of pre-World War I United States state buttons; some of the region names are no longer current. The reverse is printed "Sweet Caporal Cigarette", indicating that this button was part of a series of collectible premiums given by tobacco and gum manufacturers.
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
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