1 is blue tone and the other is brown tone. The tiny red/blue button is just a touch over 1/2 and was made by Geraghty & Co in Chicago. It is possible this button is from his time as chairman of the Illinois Waterways Commission. The line down the middle reminds me of a waterway. The blue/yellow Big Bill Thompson measures just over 3/4, has nice color and a union stamp in the back.
There is a metal/tin tab button that simply states Thompson, just shy of 1 wide. The hat shaped pin has a back that you would slide into a button hole? It is metal, possibly pewter.It also states Thompson on the hat. The other blue/yellow but with a darker tone button has a hat charm hanging from it as well. The thread is fraying and likely needs repair. Care will be taken to package this item. Hale Thompson New Orleans Special Feb. 1 to 6, 1928 Train Captain. Through research it appears Big Bill was in New Orleans in early 1928 to promote his idea of a connection from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
Unsure the significance of a train captain, please send a message if you know, we would love to know also! The history uncovered from looking at these buttons intrigues us! The ribbon measures just a touch under 7. This may be from his attempt at the trip to the South Seas to find the tree-climbing fish that only got as far as New Orleans. The last button with this lot is a Rare pinback union stamped button that features a portrait of a slightly younger Big Bill Thompson with a German border stating'Our Wilhelm for Mayor'.
It has a back stamp on reverse side, even though there is rust present. There is also a Union # 232 stamp on lip of button. Front side is in good condition, with minor surface scratching and scuffs. Thompson's ties with Al Capone include him appointing a Capone agent on the mayoral committee, so Capone would have a pulse on what was happening at City Hall. Capone reportedly gave Thompson over a quarter of a million dollars for his campaign.
Please do not hesitate to send a message if you have any further questions about this lot of buttons. We will get back to you as quickly as possible. Thanks for looking and have a nice day!The item "Vintage Lot of Big Bill Thompson Chicago Mayor Pinback Buttons Ribbon Capone" is in sale since Monday, August 27, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pinbacks, Bobbles, Lunchboxes\Pinbacks\Campaigns, Elections, Politics". The seller is "rolaidz77" and is located in Chicago, Illinois.
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