Illustration of a purple violet with green leaves on a white background with black text on the top and bottom edge.
THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. NEWARK N.J. PATENTED JULY 17, 1894 APRIL 14, 1896 JULY 21, 1896
PAT JULY 21 1896
This pin-back was a give-away button from American Pepsin Gum Company and was part of a collectible set. Many gum manufactures in the late 1800's used pepsin powder in their chewing gum and marketed it as a way to aid in digestion. Pepsin was thought to settle stomach issues and help people with digestive concerns.
The violets on the button point to Christian symbolism, which uses this flower to embody the humility and modesty of Mary. Other Christian illustrations for the violet represent spiritual wisdom and faithfulness, as seen in this particular button.