General Plastics (Leda)

General Plastics (Leda)

Leda buttons were produced by General Plastics as a separate brand from around 1958. Advertising in 1958 referred to “Leda by Beauclaire”. However, In September 1957 the name ‘Leda’ was trademarked. 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 intergrated 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 GP/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















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


Pearlshell buttons

Gold metalised plastic or metal

Silver metalised plastic or metal
















These buckles were advertised in 1958.

Leda-Beauclaire cards, c.1958

Change of graphics:  Possibly early 1960s









Cards with blue printing are uncommon.











Approx 1968.

A little curiosity


Sample Cards: late 1950s-1960s


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:


Bias binding:

On a button covering machine.