The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 11, 1950 · Page 14
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 11, 1950
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6—Algona Upper Des Moines Tuesday, April 11, 1950 4,000 Buttons In Hobby Collection, Mrs. Johnson Gold . . . silver . . . pearls . . . all tlu elements that go into a king's fortune, but here in Kossuth county they make up the collection of Mrs. Albert Johnson, Prairie township, who has made a hobby of collecting buttons. These precious materials are just a few of the two dozen substances that make up the 4,000 buttons of her hobby. There are shark's teeth, plastics, wood, glass, cloth, brass and steel buttons. One Button —S2 Possibly the most expensive button is a hand-carved pearl number. This tiny button is in the form of a hand holding a bouquet of flowers. Back in 1942, Mrs. Johnson ran across a couple of unusual buttons and put them aside. She saw a button collection of a friend and decided to make a hobby of buttons. She bought a button book and some cards to classify each sample. This is about the only expenditure for her hobby. These classifications run to such groups as fruit-shaped buttons, scenic, animals, stencils, jewels, gold sheen, cloth, or one of a couple dozen other groups. Where To Put It? This matter of classification sometimes presents a problem. Some buttons have both animal and scenic decorations and they are made of a variety of materials. So Mrs. Johnson sews the buttons to whatever dard she is most interested in filling. At present, she is working on getting a button from each state in the union, one that could be especially typical of that state. She has 19 states taken care of now and is getting more each month. For instance, she has a lone star button from Texas and a pine tree button from Maine. Her smallest button is one that must be seen through a magnifying glass. This tiny glass button has a scene of a girl going into church. One of the -older numbers in Mrs. Johnson's collection is about 100 years old. However, most of the buttons are modt-rn. As in every other field, there is a cycle in buttons. Its course vuns ii'om pearls, through metal and into plastic. Now, the trend is back to pearls. Most of these fasteners are mounted on cards and these cards make an impressive display. Rarely are all the cards brought out at once, since there are about 50 different cards and classifications. Button Of Blood Some buttons of strange products are sorted out by Mrs. Johnson. She has some made of chicken skin, blood, leather and ivory. Most collectors, and that includes our Kossuth county representative, increase their assortments by trading with other collectors. It is rare that a collector will have to spend money to get a button, unless a particular button in a store catches the fancy of a button-eer. So if you want a nice, inexpensive hobby, try saving buttons. Where else can you have gold . . . silver. . . pearls and ivory without spending a small fortune? Blue, black and green inks are used in printing a U. S. one dollar bill. IT'S VJUST ..COMMON- SENSED TO. IV-;•••-• •-'•^ CARRY-; KIDS WILL BE KIDS! Jalopies are fun for teenagers, but make sure you have complete insurance coverage. Parents are held responsible for accidents involv- their children. Let us advise you. BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY 7 N. Dodge St, Phone 125 SSffl "I saw your advertisement in the paper." Many a shopping list is made up from the advertising columns of this newspaper. Whether Mrs. Housewife goes to market pushing the baby car- .riage, in the family car or by phone, she knows she will save time and money by first reading about the merchandise and services featured here. Make your advertising a helpful guide for buyers by regularly publishing the news about your business in this new spapcr. Ask for a copy of our A.B.C. report.* It gives you complete and audited information about the circulation that your advertising will get when it appears in this paper. ALGONA UPPER DESMOINES In The New Newspaper Bldg. Ill E. Call St. Algona, Iowa •This newspaper is a member of ilie Audit Bureau of Circulation.-., a national a:, .oci.ition ol ]>ubli::her.s, adveni.serj and advcn> agencies. Our circulation I 3 audited by experienced A.B.C. circulation auditor*. I )ur A.B.C. report show.-, how much urcul.moit we have, where it goe-,, how ol.t.umd ,<nd other facts that tell, uiui they yet for their money v,lv*n they « ,e th'v, )Mj>ei. The Norton Yards usy These Days .... We Are Supplying People of The Community With Lumber, Cement, Paint ,etc. We Are Delivering Hog Feeders. We Are Selling Fence Posts and Building Materials to Farmers. Our Place is Busy Helping People Get Spring Repairs and Building Underway. You Will Find Norton's The Place To Come to For Your Needs! A Big Van-load of Steel Fence Posts Arrived Last Week . . . We have a large stock of steel fence posts on hand, as evidenced by the unloading of the big semi- full of them under John's supervision in the picture at left. In fact, at present we have a complete slock'of all types fence posts and fencing material for farmers who are. finding it necessary to do some fence mending, or string new fence. Drop in at the Norton office and give us 'your needs in fencing, Mr. Farmer. We can supply you with what you want. Many Customers Are Coming In For Lumber... On the day the picture at left was snapped, the men in our downtown yard were really serving customers. This pt*ci» of lumber was moving so fail, in the hands of one of our men, that the picture seems a bit blurred. We have lumber on hand, and are always ready and glad to serve you, whether you want a board or two, or a complete load of finished lumber. We have everything in the lumber line, rough, finished and dimension . . . on hand to go to your job. A Farm Customer Picks OufSome Needed Boards . . . We have had many of our farm friends in at the Norton yards lately, getting all types of building and repair materials. Here is one pictured being helped by a Norton employee. He drove his pick-up truck in and p ulled out with a nice load of boards needed tor some quick farm building repair work. We have what you need for this work—and if you drive in. it only takes a minute to serve you. If you can't come in, we will be glad to deliver your order, in town or country. Stacks Of New Lumber In „ • ' Our Rail Siding Yard .... The above view show* a portion of th« lumber thai we hare been receiving at Norton's, and have been unloading and stacking in our yards out at the Chicago & Northwestern tracks. We keep our downtown yard well supplied with all building needs, but in ease you want a special large lot, we can generally find it for you at our other storage yards. Here we also have large stocks of treated poles and fence posts, along with brick, block and other building materials items. More Coal Cars Just Unloaded -4 At Our Rail Siding Bins .... It is Norton's policy to keep a large and complete stock cf Coal on hand at all times, so as to be able to serve any and all of our customers with their special brand of Coat The cars pictured above are parked adjacent to our Chicago 8e Northwester bins, and unloading had fust been finished when the picture was taken. We fill and deliver your Coal order in town or country. Don't have an empty bin. Call Norton's for your Coal. Norton Hog Feeders Ready For Delivery To Farmers . . . Orders have been coming in from farmers all over tbe county for Norton's famous Hog Feeders, cattle feeders and brooder houses. We have been building them in our downtown yards, and' hauling them to our other yard for delivery from there. Recently, however, we hava had to have a crew building them out at our railroad siding yards, too, for the orders have been coming in. If you want one of our profit-making Hog Feeders, Mr. Farmer, let us have your order now for early delivery. for iiottf i WSMW& HEEDS Trucks Pulling in, and Being Loaded In Our Yard .... The picture at right just gives you an idea of the laci that we are busy at Norton's, keeping building materials and supplies rolling out to our customers. This truck was being loaded with a mUcellaneoos order of posts and rough lumber. The job was handled in good time, and another satisfied customer was served at the F. 8. Morton K Bon lumber yard. The F. S. NORTON AND SON YARDS Are Stocked To Fill Your Spring Needs! • Rough Lumber • Finished Lumber • Dimension Lumber • Fence Posts • Creosoted Posts • Barbed Wire • All Types Fencing • Building Block • Tile • Cement • Aggregate •Flue Tile • MflfRnrX Needs • Outside Paint • Interior Paint • Wood Shingles • Asphalt Shingles • Roofing Paper • Felt • Millwork • Glass • Enamel • Screens • Screen Doors • Wall Board • Plywood And Many Other Items F. S. NORTON & SON PHONE 229 We Deliver in Town and Country PHONE 229

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