Black text over a white illustration of a buffalo on a red background
RADIUS POPULATION (one night's ride of one-half the U.S. and two-thirds of Canada) CLIMATE RAILROAD CENTER (17 trunk lines enter city) HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS TWO CONVENTION HALLS seat 12,000 people WATERWAYS "You will be welcome in Beautiful Buffalo"
Between May and November 1901, a World’s Fair entitled the Pan-American Exposition was held in Buffalo, New York. Posters, buttons, and other forms of advertisement for the event often depicted a buffalo. Buffalos were fitting not only because they served as a symbol for the American West but also directly related to the city in which the exposition was hosted. Though Niagara Falls also vied for hosting privileges, Buffalo ultimately won out because of its larger population and extensive railroad connections. For six months, the Pan-American Exposition showed off the latest cultural and technological innovations from the Western Hemisphere. Even President William McKinley attended and delivered a speech at the event, though he was later assassinated inside one of the buildings at the exposition.
It is also possible that the button served as part of an early 1900s political campaign of a Buffalo, New York politician. In either case, the button undoubtedly has ties to this northeastern town and was produced between 1900 and 1905.
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