New finds: Beauclaire
and Woolworths (late 1950s-mid 60s) and Astor (mid 1960s):
New Menswear Store button (Thanks Helen):
Peapes & Co, George Street, Sydney:
In 1866 George Peapes (1838-1898) and William Shaw (1835-1915) bought the business of Michael Goulston at 355 George Street.
From 1888 they specialised in menswear. Mr Shaw retired in 1891 and moved to Wagga to start a new business. In 1898 Mr Peapes died, and later that year the firm became a limited company.
As business increased over the years the premises became too small, so in 1905 it underwent a major refurbishment. The follow photos were published in The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser on the 13th September, 1905.
In 1915 they planned to raze the building, as it was still inadequate but this was delayed due to the War.
In the Sydney Mail, 19th December 1923, there was much interest in the new Georgian Revival style Peapes Building. This was located opposite to the site of the original business.
In 1970 the business closed and the building was sold. The demolition of a neighbouring building over the last couple of years uncovered an old painted advertisement on the side of the former store.
I have (finally) carded up (on replica cards) a selection of Beutron Originals, with every colour cabochon and every metallic finish (silver, gold and old gold) that I have. There are 4 sizes: approx 14, 18, 22 and 28 mm diametre. For comparison, I have included details from 1950s adverts and from vintage cards of buttons. See also the Beutron 1950s advertising page.
Pat also shared a card of her ‘Originals’, see http://www.ausbuttonhistory.com/?p=9313
I’m going to revisit Birmingham as I have received a photo of the factory of James Grove and Sons in 1950.
This company was established in 1857 and ceased trading in 2012. They were one of the largest horn button manufacturers in the world. A large part of their output was uniform buttons. As well as horn, they also made casein, polyester, nylon, leather, corozo and shell buttons. The Lining Company is maintaining their web site out of historical interest. See https://jamesgroveandsons.co.uk/
New finds: Beauclaire
I’d been looking for this design, as it appears in a 1954 advertisement. It’s small, only 1 cm across the ‘base’ of the triangle. Perhaps it would have been more of a dress ornament than functional button.
From a 1954 advert.
The button below I already have in multiple colours, but not this mid-brown.
New Beutron finds:
For a review of other styles, see: http://www.ausbuttonhistory.com/?p=8958
New finds from Carol:
Absolutely fabulous! Three different sized uniform buttons from the Australasian United Steam Navigation Company, backmarked with three differing Australian suppliers; C. Hemsley (Sydney), W. Johns (Brisbane) and Stokes & Sons (Melbourne). See below for information about W. Johns.
This shipping company was formed in 1887 from the merger of two other companies, and lasted until 1961. The articles below both came from The Mercury (Hobart) 9th March 1887.
In 1940 one of their ships ran aground near Barwon heads during a storm. A newspaper reported that ” the bursting of an oil pipe in the Orungal fortuitously spread a calming film of oil over the sea and made it possible to bring the lifeboat alongside to pick up the first load of 17 passengers and 23 seamen.” The mind boggles.
W. Johns, Brisbane:
William Johns was born in Cornwall, England in 1867. He had come to Queensland by 1894, and by 1905 was living in Edwards Street, Brisbane. In 1906 “W. Johns & Co”, drapers, bought the business of Sidle & Co, and were located at the corner of Edwards and Queen Street. By now they described themselves as an Emporium. In 1908 they had expanded to a “department store” although it was in reality a large drapery. There were a men’s, fancy goods, toys, milinery and ready-made costume “departments”. In 1913 the company purchased the business of Edward Shields Ltd, and were calling the store “the Crystal Emporium” In 1923 they opened a second store at Fiveways, Woolloongabba, called “The Fiveways Supply Store”. The Queens Street store was being advertised for sale as an ongoing concern mid 1929, with the Fiveways store later the same year. Perhaps William was retiring? He died in 1942.
I bought a circa 1954 ‘WOMAN’ cut pattern for a girls romper just because it contained a nice folded Beauclaire advertising brochure. So if you want the pattern…just ask: