10th August 2022

New Finds

Thanks to Don.

Late 1960s-early 70s Beutron. Groovy colour!

Woolworths 1966-67.

“Exculsive” Australian made buttons are a rare find. Possibly from the 1940s. Probably made by General Plastics.

8th August 2022

Buttons in 1950s Advertising.

Australian Women’s Weekly, 10th March 1951 page 57.














Examples of these buttons are all found in the illustration above. However, the example in the middle of the bottom row is different: the basic cream button has been dipped in gold paint (there is paint on the back as well) then the paint has been buffed back to back a tow tone button.

Button manufacturers often took a basic design, and not only produced it in varing sizes and colours, but also in varying finishes, such as pearlised or metalised, and even cutout versions. Some were further mounted onto bases, making the original button part of a bigger ensemble.

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7th August 2022

Buttons in 1940s Advertising.

I have fun matching the images to actual examples in my collection.

The Sun (Sydney), 21st May 1947 page 12.

















Although these may be, not the exact examples sketched in the advert, they are examples of the unusual asymmetrical, flower-like buttons sold by G. herring in the late 1940s. I have not seen any other brand make similar buttons, nor even G. Herring after this era.

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6th August 2022

New Finds

Pale pink fish-eye buttons from the 1980s.

Pretty blue flower buttons from the 1950-60s.

The missing top of this card would have depicted an illustration of an elegant young lady, but with no brand name. They were likely produced by General Plastics in the 1940s.

Beutron polyester buttons from the early-mid 1960s.

Late 1950s and mid 1960s.

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5th August 2022

Woolworths Finds

Woolworths, opening in 1927 as a bargain goods store, sold buttons from the first year of operation. From sometime as early as 1950 they sold ‘Spares’ branded cards of buttons and during the 50’s introduced ‘Boilproof’, ‘Hi-Style’, ‘Kiddietone’ then ‘Moonglow’ buttons, all initially provided by General Plastics.

A dozen buttons for 4 pennies!

The Some cards have the graphics left uncovered, as in this case. In others, the buttons are just neatly balanced over the area of the card, partially covering the graphics. It seems the carding ladies weren’t told what to do.













Silver or gilt paper has been tucked under carded pearl buttons (to accentuate their lustre) for over 150 years. I found mention of it in 1865 newspapers!

Kiddietone cards are not common. The lamb button has been found in red, white, blue and yellow.

4th August 2022

New Finds

Matching Suit-front and Cuff buttons

Brown, grey and black.

The buttons on the middle and right cards are the same, despite the varing style cards. The ‘colour matched’ card dates just after the other cards, c.1965 verses 1966.

An Odd Suggestion from 1950.

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 5th June 1950 page 8.

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3rd August 2022

New Finds: Embassy

Embassy buttons were mainly made in Australia, supplied first by General Plastic and then by Beutron. The buttons on the left are like the Beuaclaire Superglow buttons c.1955.

These style buttons, possibly polyester, were also sold on Kencrest and Leda branded cards.

As of 1957-8, polyester buttons were not made in Australia from locally produced raw material, rather they were made from imported button ‘blanks’. It was at that time too expensive to produce polyester in Australia. The newspaper article below describes the plastic industry a couple of years later.

The Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW), 20th May 1959 page 4.

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2nd August 2022

Naval Police.

Australian War Memorial. Naval police at Port Melbourne Naval Depot. 1919.

As mentioned recently, the Naval Dockyard Police were established in 1913 and were renamed the Naval Police in 1972. In 1991 they were amalgamated with the Coxwains to become the Naval Police Coxwains (NPC).

The original buttons featured the Tudor Crown, used during the reigns of Kings Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII  and George VI. After her coronation in 1953, Elizabeth II used the St Edward’s Crown.  For examples of the buttons with the backmark “Stokes Melb”, see http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/14th-june-2022/

The Sydney Morning Herald, 31st October 1942 page 15. If you can’t a good bite on crime, don’t apply.

The Canberra Times, 9th February 1966 page 4.

Today I have two new variations with the St Edward’s Crown . One has the backmark Stokes & Sons Victoria (i.e. 1953-1962, after which the manufacturer became Stokes (Australasia) Ltd).

The second button has the backmark Stokes Australia; the design has changed, with an upright anchor and the words “Naval Dockyard Police” dropped.

Perhaps these date from 1972 onwards when they became a part of the Navy proper, rather than an auxiliary, and were renamed the Naval Police. They were sold as Vietnam War era (1955-1975) Naval Dockyard Police buttons, so this would fit. It is the same general design used by the Royal Australian Navy, but white-metal rather than gilt.

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1st August 2022

 Her Majesty’s Queensland Navy: Part 3.

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 18th September 1937 page 21.


























State Library of Queensland negative #181456.

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31st July 2022

 Her Majesty’s Queensland Navy: Part 2.

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 4th September 1937 page 21.

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