Archives for the month of: August, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, dudes and dudettes, artists and button lovers, please join Busy Beaver Button Co. on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 7 o’clock to 10 o’clock in the evening to celebrate at an opening party event at 3279 W. Armitage Ave. in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »

Soap Box Derby Buttons are collected, exchanged, and made by Busy Beaver Button Co.

Each year, thousands of children compete in the All American Soap Box Derby. These children build their own cars and race down hills in local races in their hometowns and rally races across the country and around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Series 11 SOUVENIR is curated by participating Button-O-matic hosts

Busy Beaver Button Co. celebrates fifteen years of making custom buttons for bands, artists and organizations with the Grand Opening of a pop culture Button Museum and a new Button-O-matic series for vending machines across the country appropriately themed “SOUVENIR.”

The SOUVENIR collection is curated by participating Button-O-matic locations, including Cody Hudson for the Empty Bottle, Tae Won Yu for Land, Angela Finny-Hoffman for Post 27, Edie Fake for Quimby’s, Supercorn for Fly Bird, Joe Lauer for Penelope’s, Chris Corbalis for Strange Cargo, Jason Hammel for Lula Café, Russell Etchen for Domy, Melissa Grubbs for Reckless Records, Soo Choi for Little Branch Cafe, Mei Stewart for Art Supply Warehouse, Alicia Hermanny for Uncle Fun, and Brett Manning for Busy Beaver Button Co.

Join Busy Beaver to celebrate at an opening party with the world’s largest Button-O-matic vending machine filled with 10,000 souvenir buttons, and a showcase of treats from Busy Beaver Button Co. customers like Nice Cream, the Pepperoni King, and Upton’s Naturals.

What:   SOUVENIR Button-O-matic Opening

When:  Friday, September 10 from 7-10PM

Where: Busy Beaver Button Co.

3279 W. Armitage Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

Custom 2.25-inch Loose Dudes buttons by Nicholas Rouley

You may know Nicholas Rouley from his “Best of” tee shirt in the Chicago Reader, or his band Loose Dudes.  Here at Busy Beaver we know him as “Nick,” and here’s an interview with him about his extensive button collection. Read the rest of this entry »

Erin Coleman is a growing hair stylist and friend of Busy Beaver Button Co.  She says,  “I’ve always loved buttons for as long as I could remember” and explains how she uses them as a memorable mementos for clients.

As an assistant stylist for Art+Science Salon, I know our Wicker Park, Lincoln Park and Evanston locations are busy, but clients have a lot of options in the city.

I wanted a clever way to market myself that would really stand out AND stay with people. Business cards are handy, but they’re easy to throw away. I have a great FREE service to offer and paired with a great design, I knew that people would hold onto them and really take a good look at what I- and the buttons- had to offer.

I loved that Busy Beaver Buttons lent me a lot of options as to how I wanted my buttons to look. All I had to do was gather my design ideas and the Button crew was just as excited as I was to see my branding come to life.

It’s a great way to introduce myself to potential models for my free services on Mondays at the salon, and it helps clients remember which stylist they saw. I always hand them out to the models that come in, and one of my first models was even a former button collector who was super excited to get one from her new stylist!

Hairstyling and buttons go hand in hand- they’re both creative, unique ways to wear your personality and personal expression for the world to see!

For free haircuts at Art+Science Salon, email Erin at and check her availability on twitter: @erinsbighair

Art in America Nov/Dec 1966 about avant guarde buttons from Park Place Gallery in New York.

Park Place buttons at the Busy Beaver Button Co. Button Museum opening September 10, 2010

This awesome article about Park Place op art buttons is courtesy of the Chicago Public Library!  Read more about the first gallery in SOHO here.

Check out the original collection of Park Place badges at the Busy Beaver Button Co. Button Museum opening on September 10, 2010 in Chicago, while you’re at it.

In 1896, Whitehead and Hoag got the first patent on pin-back buttons as you know them.

Pictured is their 1897 catalog for pre-designed buttons.  Button collecting was popular around the turn of the twentieth century as a brand new, wearable innovation.

As you read this on the internet, can you imagine a world where printed images were so scarce and exciting?

Only known glow-in-the-dark, one-inch, gold-plated buttons made custom for

What is precious, wearable, and glows in the dark?  These amazing one-inch, glow-in-the-dark, 24-karat gold buttons conceptualized by and produced by Busy Beaver Button Co. is funding tool for creative projects that spans film, food, gaming, dance, art, and more. allows you to set a goal for the financial amount you need to make a project happen, and invites supporters to pledge toward your cause.

You create progressive incentives for higher levels of giving, like a copy of your successfully-funded movie’s DVD for a $25 pledge, or VIP tickets to opening night for a $100 pledge. founder Charles Adler used the tool to fund a project that improves the presentation of data on his website with the aid of “infographics maestro” Nicholas Felton, of the famed Feltron Annual Report and Daytum.

And guess what?  The Feltron vs Kickstarter surpassed their financial goal to raise $3,000 and accumulated $3,222 to get Felton on board!

Now those who donated more than $20 receive one-of-a-kind, one-inch buttons designed by Felton himself.  Buttons show a Venn diagram linking two glow-in-the-dark circles with a 24 kt gold circle.  Charge it up under a bright light and impress your friends for a half hour!

Creating a unique button like this started eleven months ago with two failed steel rule die attempts, 200 gold-plated button parts, glow-in-the-dark materials, and one awesome 1/2-inch paper drill bit that makes more fun, exciting and intuitive; and “not to mention sexy as hell.”

Visit here to discover new projects that you can support!  Share your over-the-top ideas and projects with Busy Beaver here.

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.