Invitation to join: SPUG

January 1, 2010

On November 15, 1912, Mrs. August Wilson launched the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving (SPUG) at an anniversary dinner for the Working Girls’ Vacation Fund. She encouraged all members to sport SPUG buttons through the Christmas season.

The Times printed the text of the SPUG membership card after Theodore Roosevelt enrolled in the populist cause in December:

Text of the membership card of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving, reprinted in the New York Times

More on the launch:

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