22nd December 2022

I’m taking a trip to America today, with this beautiful addition to my Marion Weeber collection. She was a designer based in New York who designed high-end fashion celluloid realistics from around 1941-1950 exclusively (so claimed) for B. Blumenthal’s ‘La Mode’ brand. So what is this set of Weeber ‘Cut Fruit’ lemons doing on a B.G.E Originals card?

The below picture printed in the January 1959 National Button Bulletin, page 23, is the full set of ‘cut fruit’. The complete set was sold as one each lemon, peach, apple, lime and strawberry.


I have never seen Marion Weeber buttons on a non ‘La Mode’ card before. Looking up the entry for Bailey, Green & Edgar (B.G.E.) in my 1968 version of Sally Luscomb’s “The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Buttons”, she states that they were wholesale importers and distributors in New York City from the 1880s until dissolved around 1982. Perhaps B.G.E. bought up some excess Blumenthaal buttons for sale on their own branded “B.G.E. originals’ cards?





2 thoughts on “22nd December 2022

  1. Paul Nugent

    Hi. my name is Paul Nugent. I worked at Maxart back in the 80’s when Jack was alive and my boss was Frank Lenthal. I was sacked in 83′ (I think” The business was going down the tubes. Frank really regretted letting me go but he had no choice, things were just too tight. I was there when one of the Wilsons passed away but I cant remember which. I was the toolmaker there. I used to get the plastic injection dies ready and i did the maintrenance to them.

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for sharing your memories! Do you have any photos or other memorabilia of Maxart that you would be willing to share?

      Paul replied:
      I do have very fond memories of Maxart. Jack was the nicest bloke and he always thought it was hilarious when he would say (or I would say) “hell of a lot of weather we are having!” I liked Frank too. Bit of a hard nose at times but he was the manager after all. I remember one of the guys over at the die factory across the road coming over and saying “We’ve lost Depict!” Depict were a large customer at the time. It was something about the quality of some of the nylon buttons but I think there was more to it at the time, there was a lot of pressure due to the economy failing” We had issues as the dies were getting older and sometimes it was hard to get them running well, mismatch was a big problem where the two halves of the die would not line up properly and you would get quite bad mismatch. The Injection machine moulder/die setter operator was a gent by the name of john hill. I believe he lived down past Frankston. Jack ran the Casein button division, Casein is like an organic material derived from Milk products I believe.

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