General Plastics (Leda)

Leda buttons were produced by General Plastics as a separate brand from around 1958, the name ‘Leda’ having been trademarked in September 1957. Advertising in 1958 referred to “Leda by Beauclaire”. In 1963 F. W. Williams Holdings Ltd. bought a 50 percent share of Beutron Australia Ltd., and made an offer for General Plastics, which was described as being “integrated” with Beutron. Some Leda cards had the free cotton wrapped around the card, which was a G. Herring/Beutron marketing tool, further confirming the ownership of Beutron of General Plastics Ltd/Leda.

The Bulletin, 30th May 1964 page 77.

Spotted by Carol, but unfortunately not for sale.

A box that can hold around 6 cards of buttons.

 

Entries from the 1960 Sydney ‘Pink Pages’ directory: General Plastics made the buttons, but Roger Berry distributed them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leda had various labels on the cards, including Boil Proof, Fashion Buttons, Permaloid, Permalon and Permalite. Whether this actually refers to varying plastics or not is anyone’s guess without chemical testing! Often the same button appeared with different names:

Boilproof verses Fashion

Fashion verses Permaloid

Permalite verses Fashion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boilproof

The blue card must be to reference Beutron’s “Boilproof Whites” which always appeared on blue cards.

Fashion

Pearlshell buttons

Gold metalised plastic or metal

Silver metalised plastic or metal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Permalon

Permaloid

c.1958

 

Permalite

 

Buckles

These buckles were advertised in 1958.

Leda-Beauclaire cards, c.1958

Change of graphics:  Possibly early 1960s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cards with blue printing are uncommon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965-8

Approx 1968.

A little curiosity

 

Sample Cards: late 1950s-1960s

The top 3 buckles were supplied with the board, but not attached with the original yarn. They still may have been Leda buckles, just not the original examples.

This design was sold on Beauclaire branded cards during the early 1950s.

The three buttons on the bottom left were supplied with the card and are a Leda design, but are not original to the card.

‘Pearlised’ plastic fish-eye buttons. Note the two pearl beads at the top right.

 

A sample book from the late 1960s

 

Leda Buttons Sold Under Other Brandings

Leda style buttons are found on Embassy (G.J. Coles brand) and Kencrest (David Kennedy brand) cards. See below for comparison:

Miscellaneous

Bias binding:

On a button covering machine.