Monthly Archives: July 2018

28th July 2018

St John’s Ambulance Brigade:

The black (?bakelite) buttons have a brass loop shank but no makers mark. The clasps and silver coloured buttons on the right are by A.J.Parkes. the two with the brass back are by Stokes Vic. The eight-pointed Maltese Cross symbol belongs to the Order of St John.

The Brigade has it’s origins in 1877 when the Order of St John (a  British chivalric order dating back to the Knights Hospitaller in the 12th century) founded an association to provide first aid training, and later,  volunteers capable of providing medical assistance at public gathering and during emergencies. The Australian branch of the brigade began in 1831.

The Adelaide Brigade in 1921. The brigade was organised on a military basis with ranks of officers, etc.


25th July 2018

Ansett Airways:

Reg Ansett registered ‘Ansett Airways’ in January 1936 as an extension of his successful ‘Ansett Roadways’ business that had been running since  December 1931. From a single Fokker airplane the business grew.  The logo of a double A (for Ansett Airways) with a pair of wings dates from around 1946 through to the takeover of ANA in 1957.

A photo from 1953. The complete logo included a map of Australia under the double A.

The logo for Ansett Roadways was similar, with the letters AR instead of AA, and a tyre between the wings.

24th July 2018

New finds:

… from Helen:

The “Latest style ” cards are possibly from Canada. The others are Australian brands from the 1950s.

… from an Ebay ad:

These are the same style as appeared on a Beauclaire card of Helen’s recently.

More Winter fashions:






22nd July 2018

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Thanks to Pat I have some lovely buttons to share with you. Please, please do send me your pics, as I sometimes don’t have any new buttons of my own to share. I need your help!!

Beutron “Originals” from the 1950s with metalised plastic rims/bases.

I’m not sure if these are Australian, but I do have some in my general collection. They have a lovely 1940-50s, art deco-ish feel.

The famous Beauclaire rose in many incarnations. (above and below)

Beutrons from the late 1940s through to1970s. (Even the Woolworths buttons were made by General Plastics and then G.Herring.)

How hard is it to photograph black buttons on a black card!!!? See below for a close up.

More winter fashions:


New sleeves for 1905.

“The new long coat and skirt” from 1907.


Winter fashions; to make us smile, chuckle or sigh with longing …


“A pair off petty, stylish and yet thoroughly useful costumes” from 1879.

How formidible! 1885.

“Most of those who are mothers with small boys will, I feel certain, unite with me in welcoming the above very tasteful fashion.” How the boys felt about this costume was less certain. A boy’s naval suit from 1888.

Exaggerated silhouettes in 1892.

“Nowadays everybody is to be seen during the afternoon trying on double-breasted covert coats in the latest style, with half-a-dozen mother-o’-pearl or tortoiseshell buttons down the front, instead of twice four, as heretofore decreed. The lapels are less exaggerated than formerly, and are. perhaps, cut just a trifle squarer than last season.” From 1894. It is important to get the number of buttons right!

19th July 2018

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New finds:

Woolworths buttons from the 1980s.

Beutron buttons from the late 1940s-early 1950s. A bit battered, but of interest, a metalised-plastic version of the flower shaped button. G.Herring brought this process of coating plastic with metal from America to Australia in 1940-41. They started selling these buttons in the late 1940s.

New ads:

The Daily Telegraph (15th July 1953. General Plastics ran a cross-prmotion with Twinprufe Knitting Wool. The “Coronation Colours” were “Fanfare, Elizabethan Green, Tudor Velvet, Royal and Unicorn” 

Happy family! Detail from ad in the Australian Women’s Weekly, 22nd September 1954.

18th July 2018

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New tailor’s button:

G. L. Fuller & Co.Ltd.: Sydney

George Lawrence Fuller, son of Sir George Fuller (former N.S.W. premier) listed a company of tailors and mercers in September 1932 with a Mr George Newton. Not suprisingly, they were called Newton & Fuller Limited, operating from 84 Pitt Street, Sydney. The name was changed in November 1934 to G.L.Fuller & Co.Ltd, probably to take full advantage of the upper-class value of his name. The company advertised until 1945, after which George became a member of the Stock exchange, and in 1950 joined the partnership of J.Neil and Fuller. Unfortunately, he died in 1953 at the young age of 49 years.

The Sun (Sydney), 16th April 1935.

The Bulletin, 26th May 1938.