This button was likely worn by a cameraman at Essanay Studios, a film production company found in 1907 by George K. Spoor and Gilbert M. Anderson
This button features a portrait of a Plains Indian.
This identification button belonged to a cameraman in Essanay Studio's camera department and reflects Chicago's role in early motion picture history. The logo on the button features a portrait of a Plains Indian which also appeared on company newsletters and correspondence. Essanay Studios may have adopted this image as a reference to its popular western genre which starred the company's co-founder, Gilbert Anderson, as "Broncho Billy". The name Essanay was created from the initials of both founders, George K. Spoor and Gilbert Maxwell Anderson, S and A. Using the most advanced equipment available, cameraman at Essanay Studios filmed hundreds of motion pictures in Chicago for distribution across the country.