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Royal Navy button , Chorley & Co Sydney.
For your viewing pleasure: cards of American pearl buttons c.1940s-50s
It is not always easy to date buttons, but the cards help. You might notice that the buttons above are attached by staples, or in the case of the shanked buttons, a fine strand of wire threaded through the shanks behind the card. By looking at many cards of many eras, I think this occurred from the 1940s in America, with cards from the 1930s and earlier having sewn on buttons. In Australia staples were not used until the mid 1960s, and even until the 1980s many buttons were sewn onto cards. Did the US have better/earlier automisation?
Cards of pearl buttons “Made in Occupied Japan” (i.e. 1945-1952) show that during that era the style number, size in lignes and sometime quantity of buttons per card (in case you couldn’t count?) were printed on the card. This was also the era that prices started to be printed (around 10-15cents per card.)
I’m researching some of the companies that existed in the boom era of Iowa pearl button manufacture, and the style and graphics of cards they used. It’s “un- Australian”, but let me know if you’d like me to share the information.