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This section contains all varieties of celluloid pin back buttons, from all periods



1 PB  -  WWII "LONG MAY IT WAVE" PIN BACK BUTTON   This is an unusually showy celluloid pin back button, which has a prime red, white and blue ribbon hanging down, and having a gold miniature revolver hanging in front of the ribbon.  Measures just under 4" long overall.  Fine.  $35

2 PB  -  WWII AMERICAN LEGION PIN BACK BUTTON WITH REVOLVER  Nice button with ribbon drop (needs a bit of ironing) and nice miniature cast metal revolver also a drop.  Button is 1 1/4" in diameter.  Edged with red and white stripes with spaced blue spots with stars.  Face has Legion logo plus wording "WELCOME AMERICAN LEGION".  Ribbon is faded a bit.  Excellent button and nice revolver with a blue stone on one side above the grip.  $28

3 PB  -  RARE WWII U.S. ARMY ORDNANCE PIN BACK BUTTON   1" in diameter.  White body, blue text "I WILL KEEP 'EM SHOOTING".  Red text and ordnance bomb across the center reads "U.S. ARMY ORDNANCE".  Pin back.  $22

4 PB  -  WWII ANTI-AXIS BUTTON    "WANTED FOR MURDER / ADOLF SCHICKELGRUBER Alias HITLER".  2 1/2" in diameter.  Celluloid pin back.  Real, and a large one.  Nice condition.  $50

5 PB  -  WWII "HUNTING LICENSE" & "WANTED FOR MURDER" PIN BACK BUTTON   WWII classics.  Comes with a red pin back button which is basically a "wanted poster".  Button is 1 3/8" in diameter.  Has Hitler's face, and swastika.  Reads "WANTED FOR MURDER" and "ADOLF SCHICKELGRUBER Alias HITLER".  "Hunting License" is a pre-printed form 4 1/8 x 5".  Never been filled in.  Reads "This Certifies That ______ is hereby issued a hunting license to shoot all JAP ALIENS AND THEIR AXIS PARTNERS.  Signed before me this______ day of _____ 19 __ _________".  Has a red printed seal.  Some wrinkling.  $35

6 PB  -  ANTI-VIETNAM WAR PIN BACK BUTTONS  On Layaway  Most are 1 1/4" to 1 1/2". Fine condition. All the messages are as follows:


7 PB  -  WWI TWO PIECE MILITARY PIN BUTTON WITH HELMET   We believe this is WWI period.  The top piece is a celluloid pin back.  Face is crossed US flags, and shows overall crazing but is intact.  Hanging by a very frayed ribbon is a stamped metal helmet.  Approximately 3 1/2" high.  The helmet is a fairly substantial piece.  $20

8 PB  -  WWII WELCOME BUDDY PIN BACK BUTTON WITH RIBBON  Short red - white - blue ribbon drop.  Button is 1 1/4" in diameter.  White background, red rim.  Shoulders up illustration of a man in uniform and helmet, under "WELCOME BUDDY".  Apparently a welcome home sentiment.  At least it's military related.  Bright ribbon, all original.  Excellent button.  $10

9 PB  -  WWI CELLULOID BUTTON, RIBBON and KAISER'S GOAT   1 1/4" diameter red and white button, with the words "WE'LL GET THE KAISER'S GOAT".  Below this hangs a goat from a red ribbon, which shows some age, but is intact. 2 1/2" long overall.  $25

10 PB  -  GEORGE WASHINGTON PATRIOTIC, possibly "PATRIOTIC ORDER SONS OF AMERICA" FRATERNAL CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON  Sale Pending  Very handsome button.  Gold background.  Bust portrait in full color, 1¼” in diameter.  About mint condition.    $15

11 PB  -  WWII ARMY PIN BACK BUTTON WITH RIBBON   Believe this is from West Point. 1 1/4" in diameter.  Background is three horizontal stripes - black, orange-yellow, grey (top to bottom) and the word ARMY is in the middle strip, in large black letters.  Has a tri-color ribbon drop.  Lightly soiled from storage and handling.  $10

12 PB  -  ANTI-WAR SENTIMENT - 1939 STORE CARD FULL OF BUTTONS "KEEP US OUT OF WAR"   This is an original store card FULL AND COMPLETE of pin back buttons, with the words KEEP US OUT OF WAR, with the United States in the background and a US over the top of the country.  These buttons were made for people to buy and show their support of the peace movement. Lindbergh was one of the notables who supported the movement, for reasons that he knew we, the US, were not prepared to get into War at the time.  He paid dearly for his position.  There are 24 buttons on the original card...a full card, none missing.  Has the text "WEAR A BUTTON / HELP KEEP US OUT OF WAR / STAY NEUTRAL".  All are red, white and blue. Just has a little chunk of lower right corner missing.  Was made by JANCO PRODUCTS, PHILADELPHIA PA. and is so marked on the back of the card.  $110

13 PB  -  WWII PIN BACK BUTTON FROM SPRINGFIELD ARMORY MASSACHUSETTS   1 1/4" in diameter.  White background, red lettering.  Message is "BUY U.S. SAVINGS BONDS".  Bottom of button has "SPRINGFIELD ARMORY, MASS.".  Fine face.  Extreme edge has some scattered light brown stain beginning.  Not generalized.  Original.  $10

14 PB  -  WWII PATRIOTIC PIN BACK BUTTON WITH CROSSED RIFLES, RIBBON   Has 3 ribbon drop having small cast metal crossed rifles decoration affixed to the ribbons.  Button is 1 1/4" in diameter.  Off-white background with crossed US flags on staffs.  Bit of handling soiling to ribbons.  Lacks pin in back.  Button is excellent.   $18

15 PB  -  SMALL ADMIRAL DEWEY CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON   7/8" in diameter.  Standard bust at center, under the name "ADMIRAL GEO. DEWEY", with full color flag motif at extreme edge.  Excellent.  Paper label on back with The Whitehead & Hoag Co. information.  $20

16 PB  -  MEDIUM ADMIRAL DEWEY CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON  1 1/4" in diameter.  Standard bust at center, under the words "OUR HERO, ADMIRAL GEO. DEWEY".  The extreme edge has full color flag motif.  Whitehead & Hoag Co. label on back, with a small area of scuff.  Shows use but very good.  $20

17 PB  -  LARGE ADMIRAL DEWEY CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON  1 3/4" in diameter.  Standard shoulders up bust at center, with full color edging in flag motif.  Whitehead & Hoag Co. markings on back, partially missing from moisture.  Excellent front.  $30

18 PB  -  GENERAL FITZHUGH LEE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON   Photo type portrait of General Lee on white background with red, white, blue flag rim border.  Reverse has paper label inset, which indicates maker…Whitehead & Hoag Co., plus lists several patent dates, the latest being 1896.  Label has modest wear.  Pin measures 1¼” in diameter and is very good-excellent.  Price guides at least 10 years ago placed the value at $50.   $30

19 PB  -  ADMIRAL SAMPSON SPANISH AMERICAN WAR CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON    Photo type portrait of Admiral Sampson on white background, with red, white, blue flag rim border.  Reverse has paper label inset from maker…Whitehead & Hoag Co., with several patent dates, the latest being 1896.  Very excellent condition.  1¼” in diameter.  At least 10 years ago, price guides indicated a value for buttons of this type at $50    $30

20 PB  -  USS BATTLESHIP MAINE CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON   Nice large button 1 3/4" in diameter.  Really prime condition.  Has a red, white & blue flag border around a full depiction of the Maine.  Whitehead & Hoag, Newark NJ.  $50

21 PB  -  SMALL COLOR PORTRAIT OF ADMIRAL DEWEY CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON  7/8" in diameter.  Standard bust pose, but in color, against a silver-gold background.  White & Hoag Co. paper label on back, very fine.  $20

22 PB  -  MEDIUM COLOR PORTRAIT OF ADMIRAL DEWEY CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON   Very attractive button with gold background and chromolithographic portrait of the Admiral in uniform.  He is identified (as if this was needed) by white print along the upper margin.  Reverse has paper label inset, with Whitehead & Hoag Co., plus several patent dates, the latest being 1896.  Measures 1¼” in diameter.  Very fine.  $25

23 PB  -  PRE-WWII US NAVY RELATED PIN BACK BUTTON  Typical patriotic red - white - blue striped edging around white center with large ship at center, encircled with "WELCOME OUR FLEET / 1934 / NEW YORK CITY".  Face good as new.  Back is turning a thin brown.  $18

24 PB  -  "ROOSEVELT FOR EX-PRESIDENT" POLITICAL CELLULOID PIN BACK BUTTON   From the election of 1940 or 1944, likely the latter.  White background with dark blue print.  1 1/4" diameter.  Mint condition face.  Metal reverse has some thin, spotty beginning brown spotting, and is stamped with UNION LABEL and logo.  A great political button.  $18

25 PB  -  WWII "STARS & STRIPES FOREVER!" PIN BACK BUTTON   These are the words on this great celluloid pin back button, which also has a flag, "V" for Victory, and the code.  Suspends a prime red, white and blue ribbon with a gold miniature C-47 aircraft.  Measures 4" long overall.  Fine.  $35

26 PB  -  WWII "LET'S GO! U.S.A. * KEEP 'EM FLYING! *" PIN BACK BUTTON   The great motto for the Air Corps is on this celluloid pin back button, which also suspends a large brass color wing & prop insignia 1 5/8" wide.  3" long overall.  Red, white and blue ribbon hangs between the button and the insignia, and is a tad bit frayed.  This should be used for display only to avoid the ribbon tearing.  Otherwise, it is in beautiful condition.  $22

27 PB  -  WWII 27th DIVISION WELCOME HOME PIN BACK BUTTON  SOLD  Original and fine.  1 1/4" in diameter.  Dark brown (?) background, with design and text on orangey tone.  Has unit patch at center with text around edge reading "WELCOME HOME 27th DIVISION".  Back side has thin brown patina.  During WWII they fought in the Makin Islands, Saipan, and Okinawa. Scarce.   $18

28 PB  -  WWI THIRD LIBERTY LOAN PIN BACK BUTTON  7/8" diameter.  $5

29 PB  -  WWI UNITED WAR WORKER PIN BACK BUTTON   Almost 7/8" diameter.  $15



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