When you visit us at the Busy Beaver Dam, you’re sure to notice the Button Museum cases lining the walls. But if you’re lucky enough to venture past the reception area you’ll witness a collection of another sort– the wide array of Busy Beaver wall art compiled by owner Christen Carter over the past 17 years. Join as we take a quick tour through the paintings, displays and ephemera on display around our Dam.
1. Beavers at Work
This print was picked up years ago and the text at the bottom reads “The beavers work together to repair their dam.” It’s hung in a place of honor above out water fountains (because beavers love water) and the log frames have been such a hit that we’re tempted to frame everything with one. Plus the beavers are helping each other out. What nice beavers!
2. Dangler Button Collection
This collection of colorful vintage dangler, or fob, buttons was picked up from an online auction. Most of the ones pictured are souvenirs of state and county fairs from the first part of the 20th century.
4. Painted River
This paint-by-number has been in the Busy Beaver collection going on 15 years– nearly as long as we’ve been around as a company. Since no river is complete without it’s own beaver, we added the photobooth pic of our Beaver from the Superhero Button-O-Matic release party back in 2011.
5. Busy Beaver Pinstripe
This hand painted pinstripe sign was a gift from our pal Ron at Precision Sign who’s done some great work for us in the past, and also happens to be an amazing auto pinstriper. There are a few other pinstriped gems hidden around Busy Beaver (and maybe even one of our cars, too).
6. Salesman’s Kit
This salesman’s kit was made by Orange Manufacturing back in the 40’s to show the many uses for buttons– souvenir, spots, patriotic, identifiers, clubs, celebrations, etc.
7. Button Puzzle
Finally, this puzzle was a thrift store find gifted to Christen. She and a few friends drank wine and put it together one evening and we’re now on the hunt to collect all the buttons shown. We’re currently up to about 25% and you can see some of them are in the Button Museum online.