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|WINNER OF AMERICAS CUP VIGILANT 1893
Illustration of a sailboat on green water on a white background with black text
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AMERICAN PEPSIN GUM CO. BUTTONS MADE BY THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. NEWARK, N.J. PATENTED
|PAT. JULY 21, 1898
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This button was a give-away button from American Pepsin Gum Company and was part of a collectible set. Early in the 20th century, New Jersey based American Pepsin Gum Company, a gum and candy business, distributed these pinback style buttons in their products to advertise.
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 America's Cup is a yachting race first established in 1851. In 1893, The Vigilant, an American yacht, defeated the British yacht, Valkyrie II, in a best out of three races. The first race occurred on October 7, the second on October 9, and the third on October 13, 1893. All three races took place off the coast of Sandy Hook, NJ.