20th September 2021

Can you spot the mistakes in this advert from 1949?

The Tumut and Adelong Times (NSW), 22nd February 1949 page 4.


The detail below, with a correct advert for comparison:

Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), 18th October 1949 page 2.

I’ve never spelt sizes with a double ‘s’, but I’d like a card of those “Blueton Opal Glove buttons”!


 Real Glove Buttons

State Library of Victoria: #1754145. Pre 1860 ‘6 button’ length kid glove.

The Bulletin, 7th October 1899 page 22.

The Bulletin, 7th December 1901 page 31.

Glove buttons were made in many styles, including jewelled, pearl, metal with trademarks, glass, ceramic (often 3 holed), lithographs, etc., and mostly in small or diminutive sizes. They were closed with between 2 (wrist length) to 21 buttons (full arm), depending on the length of the gloves. Gloves were actually measured by there button length!

For many metallic glove buttons there is a distinctive shank. The ends of the flattened  U shape shank flattened are fixed under the edge of the back plate, which extends only part way across the back.

The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW), 12th April 1895 page 12.

The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW), 18th February 1898 page 11.

Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW), 8th December 1913 page 1.

Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs Gazette (Qld), 16th November 1932 page 4.

The Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey, NSW), 20th January 1915 page 7.