21st November 2022

New Finds: Beutron

Beutron tried to control the pricing of their products (although not consistently) by printing the price on the actual card from 1951.

Early 1950s, late 1950s, early 1970s.

The Opal-Glo is an uncommon style; thicker than usual.

Some of the many card types post 1970s:

?late 1970s through to ? early 2000s

The “lincraft” buttons appear on the same size/shape card as the Beutron card next to it.

The Lincraft Logo dates from 1985, when the name changed from Suzannesilks-Lincraft.

1984

1985

On the back of the card the company name is pronted as Lincraft Pty Limited (as opposed to Pty Ltd) which according to Australian government ABN records, dates the card from 2000-2005. In 2005 the firm went into liqudation, was purchased as renamed Lincraft Australia Pty Ltd. This helps date the Beutron card with the gold “awning” on top of the card.

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20th November 2022

New Finds: Embassy

August 1967- June 1970.

Post June 1970.

Post June 1970.

The above is a tatty card, but cute teddy design. I have white plastic buttons with printed floral or character designs on Woolworths , Embassy and Beutron cards priced from 55 cents to $2 which dates them from approximately 1973 until the end of the brand in 1994.

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19th November 2022

Australian Uniforms

I have been kind permission to share some images of vintage uniforms available for sale online. if you are interested in these , visit https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/185644379470?hash=item2b39446d4e:g:8zEAAOSwpoxjIv2m

Qantas Empire Airways

WWII RAAF Uniform Tunic – Tailored By Fred Hesse Melbourne

If you are interested, see https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/234779100913

The letters RAAF were not added onto the buttons until post WW2.

Fred Hesse was a tailor and outfitter in Melbourne from 1922. He expanded to have outlets in Gippsland. During the war he supplied uniforms. Although the died in 1951, the business continued until 1961 at least.

Frederick Francis Hesse 1932. Born in London in 1885,  arriving in Melbourne in 1913.

Advocate (Melbourne), 25th April 1945 page 18.

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18th November 2022

Australian Uniforms

I have been kind permission to share some images of vintage uniforms available for sale online. if you are interested in these , visit https://www.ebay.com.au/str/australiantreasure

 

WW2 Tunic with 1955 slouch hat

Although the hat is dated 1955, both the buttons on the tunic, and the rising Sun badge on the hat have the King’s Crown, i.e. pre 1953.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WW2 Australian Officers Uniform & Peaked Hat

This sports the same CMF button as above.

WW2 Australian Red Cross Uniform – Hat & Tunic

Made in 1943.

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17th November 2022

Australian Uniforms

I have been kind permission to share some images of vintage uniforms available for sale online. if you are interested in these , visit https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_dkr=1&iconV2Request=true&_blrs=recall_filtering&_ssn=southeastqueenslandcollectibles&store_name=southeastqueenslandcollectibles&_oac=1&_nkw=uniforms

Australian Issue Vietnam Era RAE Royal Australian Engineers Service Tunic

Made by the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory in 1968.

 

Royal Australian Infantry Corps Uniform Jacket.

Made by the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory in 1984.

“Skewered Roo” button.

Vietnam Era Royal Australian Corps of Transport Uniform Jacket.

Made in South Australia in 1966.

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16th November 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M.T. Sullivan & Co. /Sullivans International Pty. Ltd.

An Australian manufacturer and distributor of trimmings, sewing and craft accessories, established in 1982, changing name around 2001.

From their website; “Established for over thirty years, Sullivans is an Australian manufacturer and wholesaler, distributing a wide range of fabrics, decorative trimmings, curtain accessories, curtain tracking and a comprehensive range of sewing accessories and craft products.

Sullivans employs in excess of 100 staff, manufacturing, packaging and stocking a wide range of products ensuring a high level of customer service, both domestically and internationally. Sullivans is able to offer a larger variety of products at very competitive prices. Sullivans headquarters is based in Brisbane, Australia.

Sullivans also owns a company in the USA, servicing both domestic and export markets. Our company manufactures and warehouses large stocks and therefore welcomes your product enquiries. We are always eager to service any special purchasing requirements.”

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15th November 2022

New Finds: Beutron

The partial card dates from the early 1950s, the two smaller cards from the early 1960s. In that time, G. Herring (later Beutron  Australia Ltd) changed from producing casein only buttons (I think) to both casein and polyester.

Coronet

This style appears on Coronet branded cards in at least two sizes, both with and without hand-painted detailing.

Here are some other examples.

This button makes me think of a dark chocolate truffle, but also appears in other colours (including milk chocolate truffle!).

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14th November 2022

For an interesting history of the uniforms of the Queensland Police Force, see https://mypolice.qld.gov.au/museum/

 

New Finds: Beauclaire

Partial Large card that would have originally carried 2 dozen buttons. They were available for sale at 1/6 (1 shilling 6 pence) per dozen, as hand written all over the card.  This meant the price was still visible even if the card was cut into pieces for sale.Circa 1950.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superglow buttons were advertised by General Plastics from 1955-57. Along with Moonglow and Opal-glo, it appears that “glow” was an important advertising buzz word in this era.

This button was made in multiple sizes and variations, including metalised, pearlised, mounted and the ‘lattice’ without the overlaying ‘petals’.

 

 

 

The ‘odd’ one out (bottom row 2nd from right) actually has a yellow lattice base covered by a translucent layer.

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13th November 2022

New finds from Jean

 ‘Boilproof’ sold by Woolworths pre 1957, manufactured by General Plastics.

Embassy buttons c.1952-8, manufactured by General Plastics.

Beauclaire Superglow, 1955-7, manufactured by General Plastics. It was a squeeze to fit one dozen buttons on a small card.

Beutron Originals, 1950s. These are chunky buttons, so probably were intended for heavier material clothing such as jackets or coats.

Myers Emporium never did manufacturing; their buttons were supplied by manufacturers such as  Beutron, see below for mid 1960s example.

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12th November 2022

Embassy Buttons

Many, if not all of these are made from polyester, giving a glossy, translucent and pearlescent quality.

Similar buttons with dual pricing (1966-67) and decimal only (from October 1967).

This style button was still on sale post 1971 (note the updated logo).

However, polyester buttons can also be made with a matt finish.

I cannot be sure, but these could also be polyester.

By the late 1950s, most plastic buttons in Australia were either casein or polyester, although nylon and acrylic buttons were also made.

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