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Parisian Novelty Company 453

Parisian Novelty Company 453 Innovative Button Museum
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Parisian Novelty Company 453 button back Innovative Button Museum
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Black and white headshot photograph of a woman with black rectangle with white text below it inside a circle with an American flag style background and blue and white text outside that

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Parisian Novelty Company was established in Chicago in 1898. For over a century, the company manufactured many advertising items and novelties, including compacts, tape measures, and buttons. In addition to being a pioneer in the production of celluloid novelties, Parisian Novelty Company was well-known as a photo button manufacturer at the beginning of the 20th century.

This button was used as a sample to show customers what an employee identification badge would look like. There is a small window in the front of the button, behind which a photograph is placed.


Compactstory. (2012, May 20). The Parisian Novelty Company and its celluloid advertising cases. Collecting Vintage Compacts. Retrieved from

Proceedings of the twentieth annual convention of the Photographers' Association of America. (1900). The Professional and Amateur Photographer: A Practical Journal of Photography, 5(8). 

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