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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Hello. I have seen these metal wall hangings that look like a photo has been transferred to it. Wondered if they have a name. Thought this one was unusual. Wondered if anyone knows the era that this might have been created. THanks.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      These are called celluloid photo buttons or medallions. They were popular from the late 1890s through the 1940s.

      As a military collector I have seen them and owned them with dates from the Spanish American War (1898) and into WW2. By far most of what I see tends to be from the 1910s- 30s (WW1 era on the military side).

      I would think that yours dates from the 1920s- 30s based on clothing.

    2. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Should have added that the customer supplied the photograph and could choose from a variety of themed surrounds (military, flowers, memorial, etc...).

      Originally, these came with a sturdy wire folding stand (inserted where the string is) to display or folded flat it could also be wall hung.

    3. hobodave hobodave, 3 years ago
      thanks for the great info scottvez learn something everyday.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Glad to help out. I have several military related ones-- not sure if I have posted any on CW.


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