A full card of “boiling buttons’ “expressly for Richall” late 1940s-early 1950s.
This card has an identical design to the ‘Goodura’ brand for a good reason. ‘Challenge Brand’ was a line of clothing produced by D. & W. Murray Ltd. who merged with Goode, Durrant & Company in 1934. The buttons must have been produced just before and after the merger.
This company started in Gawler in 1939. During the war it was turning out Defence buttons, military hardware and steel helmets. In 1945 it was sold to James Robert Holden (of the famous Holden motor car family) and moved to 350 Port Road, Beverley. It was still going in 1954.
Haim Slavin was born in Minsk, Russia in 1879 and came to Australia in 1929. As shown above, he lived at 297 Rae Street, North Fitzroy. Curiously, for some-one styling himself as ‘Pearlbutton Manufacturing Company’, he was trying to register a design for a wooden button in 1933. Also, he did not include his full name, just “H. Slavin”, which prompted the registrar to write and request him to do it properly. Presumably he did not, as the design application was abandoned. Perhaps Haim had found out that his company name was already in use by a firm in Sydney? Perhaps it was all too hard?
Last year we visited the National Archives office in the Old Parliment House in Canberra. The OPH is a beautiful building, full of historical interest. I highly recommend a visit. I accessed archives related to button design in the archives and was given permission to photograph them. ( NB: Not all of these designs were successfully registered for various technical/legal reasons.)
Below are some designed submitted by Anna Louise Alma in the years 1947-49. Her mark is stamped onto the button backs.
An example from a newspaper advertisment for the above design.
An example of the above design.
Perhaps some of you have examples of these buttons in your collections. Please share photos if you can!
These cards are 6x9cm. The design of leaves and vines are the same as those found on the larger (14x21cm) cards labelled “plastic buttons” that were on some examples labelled “A GP Product”. Possibly the unlabelled cards are dated from pre-October 1941, when O. C. Rheuben was renamed General Plastics, and the “GP” labelled cards afterwards.
The yellow buttons are also found on Embassy cards from the late 1940s onwards (GP supplied Embassy with buttons). The red buttons are also found on early Beauclaire cards.
I am guessing that the ‘Boil Proof’ cards date from the 1940s before the Beauclaire branding was used.
George Chapman (1847-1928) came to south Australia as a two year old in 1849. In 1861 he was apprenticed as a tailor. he later worked for Shierlaw & Co. In 1892 he went into business with Charles Rogers at 117 Gawler Place. The partnership lasted until 1918 when he continued with his son. George was very keen sportsman, particularly football, cricket and swimming.
The Advertiser, 20th July 1926.
News 30th December 1927.
His son, George W. Chapman, was also a sportsman, with a love of baseball.