Political button collector, Andy Sturdevant. Photo by Jennifer Brandel

Andy Sturdevant collects campaign buttons, “used in an election as political advertising for (or against) a candidate or political party, or to proclaim the issues that are part of the political platform.

Political buttons date as far back as President George Washington. They have taken many forms as the technology to create an image and mass production has allowed. In the late 18th and first half of the 19th century they were sewn-on clothing buttons, whereas the modern forms typically have pins on the back and are therefore also called pin-back buttons.”

Busy Beaver uses the term “Button” in its company name to reference this century-old tradition of expression.

Andy Sturdevant explains in a Soundmarks piece for WBEZ – Chicago Public Radio, “I collect these vintage campaign buttons of left-leaning Democrats from the last 60 years or so…I like wearing them around…some bring up the most incredible responses from people!”

Click here to listen to the WBEZ story about political buttons.

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Andy Sturdevant displays vintage campaign buttons. Photo by Jennifer Brandel

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