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Title Button: I'm The Guy That Put Hobo in Hoboken. Promotional souvenir produced by Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, N.J., 2001.
Object Name Button, Promotional
Catalog Number 2014.003.0008
Collection Hoboken Historical Museum Archives
Credit Museum Collections.
Description Button: I'm The Guy That Put Hobo in Hoboken. Promotional souvenir produced by Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, N.J., 2001; issued during the year of the opening of the Museum's first permanent home at 1301 Hudson St.

Printed celluloid over metal back, 7/8" diameter; pinback. Blue field with white type. Edge printing: HHM [copyright symbol] 2001. Back blank.

Reputedly the phrase "I'm the guy..." originated in 1910 with Rube Goldberg, probably the most famous cartoonist of his day. It became a catchphrase that was used in many situations including commercial and business advertising. The tribute button here is a variant of the phrase ("Hobo" versus "Hoboes") on 1910-1911 era buttons - see: 2010.007.0486 and 2014.013.0147 - which were originally issued to promote cigarettes.

The Museum also produced a female version in red with the phrase "I'm the Gal Who Put Hobo in Hoboken." (Copy of this button not present.)
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Date 2001
Year Range from 2001
Year Range to 2001
Search Terms HHM (Hoboken Historical Museum)
1301 Hudson St.
Caption front
Imagefile 318\20140030008-2.TIF
Classification Advertising
Museums