Archives for category: Busy Beaver Button Museum

On the recent episode of 24/7, host Catie Keogh stopped by Busy Beaver to check out the button-o-matic and our collection of naughty buttons. Click here to watch the episode.

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Behind a black curtain, in the depths of the Busy Beaver Button Museum basement, lies the “Adults Only” section. There we keep the naughtiest, most distasteful, most insulting, politically incorrect buttons— custom buttons displaying words like s$!%, f@#!, and even p@#@! *gasp*

vintage buttonsFeeling dirty? Click here to see the non-censored version.

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Summer camp isn’t just for the kids anymore! Check out Busy Beaver‘s top three choices for adult summer camps (and the appropriate custom camp button).

Champ Camp

Forget Nessie! The States has its own lake monster and the folks at Believe It Tour have developed a whole camp around its legend. Nicknamed “Champ,” the elusive cryptid allegedly resides in Lake Champlain, a freshwater lake on the border of New York, Vermont, and Canada. Campers use high tech underwater audio and video equipment to search for evidence of Champ’s existence. Non monster related activities include water ecology workshops, nature hikes, and the standard campfire cookout.
When: August 12-14
Where: Button Bay State Park (love the name!), Vermont
Attending: Cryptozoologists, mystery solving teens, talking Great Danes
Unofficial Camp Button:

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artwork courtesy of OhNo!Doom

More info: Go to

Spy Camp

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to become the true weekend warrior. Spend your hard earned vacation time learning 21st-century espionage techniques in the Arizona desert. From evasive driving skills to how to plan and execute a full scale hostage rescue mission, you’ll learn it all from former Green Berets and ex-CIA operatives. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck.
When: weekends throughout the year
Where: Tucson, Arizona
Attending: Fans of True Lies, owners of “Federal Body Inspector” t-shirts
Unofficial Camp Button:

vintage button

currently available for sale on ebay

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Imagine Willy Wonka with pale ale instead of chocolate and you’ve got the gist of the drool-inducing weekend that is the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. The camp is only open to a select few— the “golden ticket” holders who gain entrance by winning a video essay contest. But once in, campers get the run of the facilities— activities include an in-depth tour of the bottling line and hop rooms, a meeting with the brew masters, and, of course, brewing.

When: August – September, by invitation only
Where: Chico, CA
Attending: Everyone (it’s beer)
Unofficial Camp Button:

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artwork courtesy of Revolution Brewing

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Did you know every button made by Busy Beaver Button Co. automatically gains entry into the Busy Beaver Button Museum? Check out all of the camps that have buttoned up with Busy Beaver over the past 15 years:

Custom ButtonsBecome part of history! Place your button order now with Busy Beaver Button Co.

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Spring has sprung! While some welcome the warm weather and blossoming trees others consider Spring the season of Kleenex® and Claritin®. Check out poor Allergy Annie housed in the advertising section of the Busy Beaver Button Museum:

Custom ButtonSince this allergy season is shaping up to be the worst on record, we’re wishing Allergy Annie and all her fellow allergy sufferers the best— it’ll be Summer soon enough!

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custom buttonsOur favorite part of Easter? The Monday after when all the Cadbury Eggs go on sale! Happy belated Easter from the Busy Beaver Button Museum.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Today’s Museum Monday honors St. Patrick’s Day with a showcase of buttons from the extensive beer button wing of the museum.

And to further celebrate “the wearing of the green” we offer you a button-themed limerick:

An artist named Billy O’Rourke
Whose favorite singer was Bjork
A button he made
and led a crusade
To sell the pins in New York

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