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Card of buttons

Card of  buttons
Title
Card of buttons
Date 
1945-1975
Medium 
Glass, paper, string
Dimensions 
Each (button): 5/8 x 1/4 in. (1.6 x 0.6 cm) Overall (card): 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (9.5 x 6.4 cm)
Description 
Card of 3 5/8" black glass flower shaped buttons with silver metallic finish; Card printed "B/ Le Chic/ BUTTONS" in red and white triangular logo; "GUARANTEED/ WASHABLE/ IMPORTED GLASS" printed at top; "No 5052 - 24" - (5/8") - 3 on - SILVER/ Germany-US-Zone" printed at bottom. Ruler printed in red on back of card with "Use this handy guage for measuring your buttonholes" alongside logo and explanations "FAMOUS FOR QUALITY/ Since 1877/ Every Le Chic button is the/ product of experienced, superior/ craftsmanship" and "FAMOUS FOR FASHION/ Le Chic buttons are fashion-/ planned to flatter your wardrobe/ - the kind of buttons you are/ always proud to wear"; printed at bottom "Created by the makers/ of internationally famous/ La Mode Buttons/ Copyright B. Blumenthal & Co., Inc."
Credit Line 
Gift of Lois Greene Stone
Object Number 
2004.27.14
Gallery Label 
The donor's father, Leo A. Greene (1908-1954), spent his entire career at B. Blumenthal & Co. (founded in 1877), the leading American button importer and manufacturer in the country for much of the 20th century. The company had a large showroom in New York City on Broadway between 38th and 39th streets. Greene began as a stock boy in the 1920's and rose to Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors by the end of his career. La Mode was a division of B. Blumenthal & Company.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group