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custom buttonsGot a case of the Mondays? Then pin on one of these B.A. Buttons and take a passive aggressive approach to communication. Coffee and and a “Down with everything” button will get your through to Tuesday Boozeday.

Be sure to check back in two weeks for the next installment of Museum Monday.

Presented by Atlas Obscura, Obscura Day is touted as a “day of expeditions, back-room tours and hidden treasures in your own hometown.” From a tour of a Beer Can House in Houston, TX to a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum of Human Disease in Sydney, Australia, Obscura Day offers an array of quirky tours and events in 103 cities around the world.

Busy Beaver Button Co. is happy to offer four special Obscura Day tours on Saturday, April 9, at the Busy Beaver Button Museum. Stop by and check out the world’s only button museum featuring historic buttons such as the Glow-bama Button, historical Beatles buttons, and a whole section of buttons we affectionately call “social lubricators”.

For more info on Obsucra Day, go to To start your own button collection, shop now at

Perhaps best known for his work at MAD magazine, Basil Wolverton was a Mid-Century artist best know for his humorously grotesque drawings.  “If you were a preteenager in the 1950s and had precocious friends or a with-it dad, it’s a good bet you knew the cartoons of Basil Wolverton,” states a 2009 New York Times article. Wolverton’s drawings embodied the “sick-and-proud humor” of MAD magazine and were considered a “virtuoso exercise in bad taste, made all the weirder for being so meticulously executed.”

Pictured here is a selection of buttons from the 1965 LEAF “Fink Buttons” edition featuring Wolverton’s artwork. Currently housed at the Busy Beaver Button Museum, these art buttons are a coveted collector’s item.

Welcome to Museum Monday! This is the first in a series of posts highlighting the extensive button collection at the Busy Beaver Button Museum. From our recently created Glow-bama Button to our collection of historical Beatles buttons, we’ll be showcasing a biweekly roundup of funny, cool, creative, and innovative buttons. We’ve spent years collecting and now we want to share with you!

First up, in honor of V-Day, these love buttons from the “hearts” wing of the museum. Who are A&S and why do they love us? We just don’t know, but it might be because of our awesome slow dance moves.

Be sure to check back in two weeks for the next installment of Museum Monday.

“Hornet plus three” buttons are worn here by the Apollo 11 crew while they were quarantined after returning from the moon. After all, who knows what they could have caught up there?

Thanks to Lena Milcarek for spotting these historic (and rare!) buttons.

Joel Carter and Christen Carter from Busy Beaver Button Co.

Click here to read more about the Busy Beaver Button Museum in the Chicago Tribune!

Mayor Daley vintage button retrospective

According to NPR, City of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will not seek re-election.  Here’s a  button retrospective in the mean time…

Check out more Chicago collectibles at the Button Museum Opening on Friday!

Chicago Sun-Times journalist Dave Hoekstra features the Busy Beaver Button Co. Museum opening event in article called “Pin city” today.  Read the rest of this entry »

Next Friday, September 10 marks the opening of the Busy Beaver Button Co. Museum.  Would you like a sneak peek of the collection?

Click here for the Museum Opening invitation.

Roney's Boys is considered the first ever band button circa 1901

From 1888 to 1913, the charismatic Professor Henry B. Roney helped over 10,000 wayward Chicago boys find the path to righteousness through the rigorous practice of hymns.

In doing so, he created an extremely popular touring boys choir that played across the country– from small backwoods towns to bustling major cities– and in any venue, from jailhouses to Teddy Roosevelt’s White House.

Alternate design for the first known band button of Roney's Boys from 1903

In 1901, Roney’s Boys were the first band known to promote themselves with buttons! Check out an original Roney’s Boys button at the new Busy Beaver Button Co. Museum on Friday, September 10 and click here for the invite.

Be a part of that legacy and order band buttons from Busy Beaver Button Co. here!  Kilt not included.


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