Though it was only a few weeks ago that Busy Beaver debuted 6″ buttons, the jumbo size isn’t new in the button world. In fact, the Button Museum collection hosts a collection of 6 inchers used for all sorts of advertising, souveneir and promotional applications. Here are a few of our favorites–
A promotional button dates to probably the 1950’s. We can image sales clerks at Sears wearing them hoping to encourage parents or savvy kids with paper routes.
There was no shortage of buttons made to promote the release of E.T. back in 1982. Not sure if this 6 incher was made for the fan fiction chapter book “E.T. and Me” or the song of the same name from the film’s soundtrack, or, who knows, maybe for Drew Barrymore herself.
Hershey Park’s Sooper Dooper Looper was one of the first modern roller coaster’s to feature a vertical loop, so it seems fitting that having ridden it back in the late 70’s would’ve been considered an achievement worthy of a 6″ button.
This 1967 button was the Peanuts response to the 60’s protest movements. A similar image appears on the cover of a book of the same name that features “other philosophical gems of Linus.”
Given to Busy Beaver when the original company merged with another back in 2009, Parisian Novelty created this 6″ button in 1991 to commemorate a nice bit of press in the Chicago Sun Times. Look closely and you’ll notice it’s a button on a button!
Need some more really big button inspiration? Check out our top 3 uses for 6″ buttons to get the ideas flowing.