18th February 2022

Versions of this joke were published in New Zealand and Australian (and perhaps British?) newspapers from at least 1907 until 1935.

In some the landlady’s cat was implicated; in others the old soldier just mentioned that they were in differing, but unspecified, regiments.


New Finds

Rex; circa 1967-8.

Probable General Plastic buttons, 1940s

Cards printed with the ‘vine-leaf’ design, including some marked “Made in Australia” and one bearing the ‘Beauclaire Rose’ design were sold in the ?1930-40s. It is a fair bet they were made by General Plastics P/L, and/or their predecessors Herrman Co. or O.C. Rheuben & Co.

i have found some loose buttons that match:


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