Whitehead & Hoag brass(?) tray

Discussion in 'Ephemera and Photographs' started by MIRED, Aug 10, 2020.

  1. MIRED

    MIRED Active Member

    Hope this is the right forum. This little tray is 5 1/2" X 2" and marked Whitehead-Hoag and Newark, NJ on the back. Looks like brass or maybe copper or bronze - any thoughts? Was my grandfather's so may be early-ish 20th century.

    The medallion says B&S at the top and then "My Building Association Book". Curious if anyone knows what company this is advertising.

    The picture is a man with a single large curl on top of his head, big ears and prominent cheeks. He's wearing Turkish slippers and a shoulder bag. Book in right hand and some long, flowy thing in left hand. He's what has me most curious. Anyone know who he is or how to google him?

    Thanks for any tips! IMG_6974.JPG IMG_6975.JPG IMG_6976.JPG
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  2. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    I think he's a pixie
  3. Matt Johnson

    Matt Johnson Active Member

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  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Did you not notice that your close-up photograph is out of focus?

  5. MIRED

    MIRED Active Member

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  6. MIRED

    MIRED Active Member

    I like that idea Blooey - I'll leave my Turkish slippers at the door!
  7. MIRED

    MIRED Active Member

    I'm so sorry - I did see that but was trying to balance getting close with getting blurry. Is there a way to do better with an iPhone?
  8. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    I don't know but suspect someone else does.

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  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    It's not, should be with metal stuff. But you can see we really aren't that fussy & answer anyway.
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  10. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    GOTTA BE, with those curled up toes/shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:joyful::joyful::joyful::joyful:
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  11. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Can you TELL/write what it says on the BACK of that tray, please? And Thanks!!:):)
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  12. Joe2007

    Joe2007 Collector

    Whitehead & Hoag made a variety of inexpensive advertising pieces, badges, and such on commission for other entities. "Building Association" is a term used in the construction trades and could refer to a non-profit organization meant to self regulate the local construction industry.
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  13. MIRED

    MIRED Active Member

    Whitehead-Hoag and Newark, NJ on the back
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  14. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking the use of "Building Association" here goes farther back than this type.

    I think it probably refers to what used to be called Building Associations OR Building & Loan Associations - pre-federally insured Savings & Loans... Mostly local, with everyone pooling their money to provide home mortgages and the like within the community. Think George Bailey and It's A Wonderful Life.
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