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    Sep 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    BigCypressHunter is correct, the backmark says "PHILADa" which is a frequently-seen abbreviation for Philadelphia in button backmarks.

    Also... it is known with certainty, from historical button-maker records, that a maker usually offered his customers the option of having the customer's business name as the button's backmark, as a form of advertizing. The book on historical button backmarks by McGuinn-&-Bazelon lists many tailor-shops and clothing-sellers as backmarks even though those shops never manufactured any buttons. This button's "Andrews & Brothers" backmark is an example of that option given to button-maker customers.

    I should mention, another example of that is a very famous "button dealer" who never manufactured a single button... the Horstmann Company.
    Thank you so much. Great information!
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