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Historically, the choice for campaign buttons has always been the 2.25-inch button; I like Ike, and Ike liked a 2.25-incher. But with this year’s crop of Chicago political button orders we’ve seen a variety of different sizes. Oval buttons, square buttons, even cute 1-inch round buttons— they are all hitting the campaign trail in 2011.

With local Chicago elections next Tuesday, we expect to see campaign buttons galore on our morning commute. And maybe Rahm Emanuel.

This week, via their website, the White Stripes announced their break-up. The Busy Beavers are huge fans of Meg and Jack; Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records, is a long-time client and one of our faves. We’re sorry to see the end of an era, but we wish Meg and Jack the best in their future projects. Here’s a look back at a couple White Stripes buttons Busy Beaver produced for their Icky Thump album:

And for another look at Third Man Records / Busy Beaver Button Co. creations check out these branded wooden buttons from SXSW 2010.

White Stripes photo by Autumn De Wilde

Calling all design nerds: IBM just released a limited edition set of buttons featuring iconic imagery like the “Eye Bee M” logo created by famed graphic designer Paul Rand. The set of 30 buttons honor IBM’s upcoming 100-year anniversary.

Want to create your own iconic set of buttons? Check out Busy Beaver’s great custom packaging options.

We knew button love was strong in China, but now love for badges has taken over Japan! The Busy Beaver Button Co. Museum was recently featured in a Japanese newspaper. Domo arigato, Nippon!

And you thought The Cosby Show was just about the sweaters. Check out this image submitted by Zak Baker via Facebook: “Is Theo a time traveler? That looks like an Upton’s Natural button he is wearing. Theo wears tons of buttons but has that one on for most of season 1.”

I don’t know if Theo has broken the space-time continuum but I do dig his style. Wanna see more stylish button wearers? Add the Busy Beaver blog to your RSS feed for daily button updates!

One of the Busy Beavers spied this Burton 2009 series snowboard while hitting the slopes over the weekend. Take a closer look and you’ll see what appears to be a pile of one-inch round buttons. My personal fave is the yellow elephant on purple towards the center.

Out and about a spot a button? Take a pic and send it to and it might be featured on the Busy Beaver blog.

Even a record setting blizzard can’t stop the Busy Beavers! You can place an order online at any time. And anyone who stops in the Busy Beaver office this week for a pickup will receive this limited edition “I Survived The Blizzard of 2011” button.

And while you’re in a wintery state of mind, be sure to check out our Winter Ice Button Special. For a limited time, print your buttons on a shimmery paper called Winter Ice by Busy Beaver Button Co. at no extra cost. Customized pins starting at 30¢ each for 100 one-inch buttons with free ground shipping. Order your Winter Ice Buttons today!

The Busy Beaver Button Co. office is open for business! Of course you can still order online at any time, or stop by our office and get your “I Survived The Blizzard 2011” button.

Inkling is excited to present a group show entitled Love Local showcasing Chicago talent.

Among the artists are Chris Corbalis and Britton Walters who design badges with Busy Beaver Button Co.

Check out the Busy Beaver Button-O-Matic with Inkling exclusive designs at an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 4th from 6-10 at 2917 1/2 N. Broadway in Chicago.

Entry is free, and complimentary beverages will be served.  Click here for the Facebook invite!

“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.

According to this vintage button from 1960s and it’s spokes-cow, “Milk Drinkers Make Better Lovers.”

Do they?  Valentine’s Day is coming up, and only time will tell.  Check out this badge on Hake’s here.