Monthly Archives: July 2017

21st July 2017

Good morning all.  I’m about to have 2 weeks off and so am feeling remarkably chipper!  Helen and Carol are sharing some of their haberdashery collections (just caught myself from typing ‘hoards’) with us.  Growing up with milliner mother who was often sewing,  who in turn had spent hours at her grandmother’s feet whilst she sewed,  I find these items very evocative.  Hope you do too.




The button came from ‘Tender Buttons’ in Manhattan, a famous shop that has sold only buttons since 1964.






So many Australian names:  Rainsford,  Semco,  Foldex, Embassy,  Korbond.  Love the hosiery mending cards,  from when stocking were too expensive to throw away and certainly worth mending.  Interesting that bias-binding came with matching ‘twist’.








19th July 2017.

Thanks to Helen I revisited the Powerhouse Museum website,  and found more images than I realised were there.  Check out the Pearlshell and Pre-Federation pages for new images.  Here is one below which is significant:

From the Powerhouse Museum: “Plastic buttons made in Australia c.1920.” Possibly this was the Herrman Company as I am not aware of other plastic button manufacturers that early. The Herrman company was the genesis of General Plastics.

Recently I mentioned how a Landico design was duplicated in a Beutron button.  Carol F has sent me an image of another  Landico button with a duplicate,  made by an unknown manufacturer.

The Landico button is on the right, the ‘copy’ on the left.

I found another vintage advert of Beutron carded buttons.  The reason I had not uncovered it before was due to the misspelling of the name!!

Sunday Mail (Brisbane) 4th June 1950.

15th July 2017

Here is a  button with quite a story.  I read about this button in a Button Club magazine from over 10 years ago,  and so recognised it when it came up for auction.

The button came a 3/4 inch and 1 inch size; this one is 1 inch.  It has a silvered front with a brass back plate and copper wire shank.

It belongs to the Yellow Cab Company,  and was made by Stokes and Sons,  Melbourne.

In early 1924 Mr Pearson William Tewkesbury proposed to introduce to Australia the “Chicago Yellow” cab.  He had already been involved several other taxi companies,  the City Motor Service Ltd. (from 1911) and the Royal Blue Motor Service Pty. Ltd. (from 1921) in Melbourne,  and the de Luxe in Sydney.  This company,  ‘The Yellow Cabs of Australia Limited ‘,  was the first in Australia to run meter-operated cabs,  and did not to charge the customer for the return journey when the cab was empty!  This was achieve by locating various depots in the suburbs so the taxi could wait at the nearest location rather than return to the city.

The Mail (Adelaide) 1st March 1924.

Mr Tewkesbury, 1949.













The company commenced operations in Melbourne in October 1924,  12 months later in Sydney,  and by 1926 in Brisbane,  Adelaide and Perth.  The taxis were custom built A2 Broughams,  imported from the United States.  The driver had the luggage compartment along side him in the front,  with a window separating him from the passengers behind.  The meter was fitted in the front next to the window by the driver.  The driver wore distinctive brown uniforms including caps.  By 1938 the drivers were allowed to drive in khaki shirts and ties,  without coats, in the heat of summer.  In July 1942 the company employed women as drivers for the first time.  They too wore uniforms.

From the State Library of South Australia.

From the State Library of Western Australia.  In1948 the uniform was updated (see below).

The Sun (Sydney) 10th March 1948.

Interestingly,  this was not the first Yellow Cab Company in Australia.  From September 1921 William Grimes Baily ran a company of this name.  He used a fleet of Dodge taxi-cabs.  In October 1922 he repainted the taxis black and white and changed the name to the Black and White taxi company,  claiming the  Sydney sunshine was fading the paint!

The Sun (Sydney), 7th September 1921.

The Sun (Sydney), 28th October 1922.





14th July 2017

Latest Beutron finds:

‘Colour matched’ from c.1966.  Uncommon ‘Boil-tested’ from c.1954.  Suit buttons sometime from 1939-1958.  Further photos of the rather quaint box below.

And lastly,  another children’s button card from the 1950’s.

12th July 2017

Latest acquisitons from last night’s Button Club meeting:

Royal blue Coronet and Roger Berry buttons.  The R.B.’s are a deep saucer shape.

The Embassy date from c.1959,  the Woolworth’s from 1957-1965 and the Leda’s from the early-mid 1960’s.

Here’s something significant ….

The white buttons are on a partial “Modern Miss” card. They are the same pattern as those on the Beauclaire card.

It appears that the “Modern Miss” buttons were a product of General Plastics. The company (and its previous incarnations) existed from around 1920,  but the brand name ‘Beauclaire’ wasn’t adopted until around 1951.  As previously mentioned, they also had un-named cards with a sketch of a ‘Lovely Lady’ (as I’ve dubbed it).

11th July 2017

 A fellow member of the Victorian Button Collector’s Club asked if  “anyone knew anything about Landico?”

“Yes”,  I cried,  “but I don’t own any yet!”  Here is an image of her Landico button.

Eagle-eyed button lovers would have seen this design in this blog before … made by Beutron around 1952.

Landico existed from at least 1949-1955, so were competitors with Beutron.  Hopefully the design wasn’t “nicked”,  but sold from one company to the other?

6th July 2017

Carol has been busy sending me photos of K’K’K’s.  Apparently it’s my fault she’s having fun instead of doing housework!  You can see the results on my new ‘fauna’ page.  She also found an example of a uniform button made by G.A. Millers which is a first for the blog.  It comes from a Royal Military College jacket.








Lastest finds:  these are all glass.

A couple of complete cards of Coronets.

(By the way,  K’K’K’s are Kangaroos,  Koalas and Kookaburras.)

5th July 2017

This is a safe place.  It’s ok to like buttons here without censure.  However, you must not steal them!

Daily News (Perth) 30th January 1913.

News(Adelaide) 20th February 1952.


The Daily News (Perth) 4th March 1942.

Evening News (Sydney) 31st October 1927.