Smaller cards (approx 6×9 mm) seem to have come onto the market in the late 1940’s. Before that the cards were larger (approx 10×20 mm). The price per button was often written on the card, and the number the customer wanted would be cut off. As a consequence, there are many partial cards out there which makes identification difficult. Also, many of the complete cards are not labelled by country and/or maker; instead they are labelled something along the lines of ‘Lastest Fashion’ or ‘Fashion Buttons’. Therefore, even when labelled, it can be impossible to know whether they were manufactured here, or imported then carded here.
I’ve dubbed these light blue cards with rounded corners and this artwork the “Lovely Lady” brand. Please see the General Plastics page for more information.
Probably dated from the 1950’s as “American Styled” fashions were popular in the late 1940’s into the 1950’s.
LATEST FASHION/FASHIONABLE BUTTONS:
The illustrations below are from advertising dated between 1942 to 1946. One shows buttons shaped as a silhouette of a lady that has also been seen on Coronet branded cards. Perhaps this indicates these were made by the same company.
These buttons were most likely produced by General Plastics prior to the use of the name “Beauclaire” (which dated from 1951). See the General Plastics page.
There was Rosalea brand wool advertised in the 1930’s. ? This is the same company.