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Henry W. Longfellow

Henry W. Longfellow Entertainment Button Museum
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Originally a white button (now the celluloid has turned yellow) with black text and a very detailed illustration of a white-haired and bearded Henry W. Longfellow. 

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American Pepsin Gum Co., Button made by The Whitehead and Hoag Co., Newark, N.J. Patent July 17, '94, Apr 14, '96, July 21, 1896

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Pepsin Gum gave a series of buttons out with purchase that celebrating poets. Born in 1807, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and translator. He was one of the so-called Fireside Poets, a small group of American poets who rivaled their British counterparts and earned their name due to their popularity - many people read their works next to their fireplaces. One of his most famous works is "The Song of Hiawatha," an epic poem written in 1855. 

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