We’re always on the look out for cool ways to display button collections: from hearts, to button murals, to the hot dog collection at the late, great Hot Doug’s. But what about your magnet collection– how is it displayed?
Most magnets end up holding spelling tests and shopping lists on the fridge. Here at the Beaver Dam, though, it’s our steel back door that has transformed into an ever-evolving magnet display.
Before Busy Beaver offered magnets as an official product, we made them occasionally upon request. Since they were rarer, magnet samples would often hang around the office, and the more memorable and funny ones eventually found themselves decorating the steel back door. Over time, the collection grew, added to and rearranged by various Beavers, into the magnet-covered door that it is today.
We have a number of magnets left over from our 2009 Button-O-Matic series. To go along with that year’s “Currency” theme, the designs were originally 24k gold, like the “Amero” button pictured below, but a few one-off metallic versions exist as well.
Along with magnets we’ve made, and buttons that were converted to magnets later on, the back door is also the home to magnets that people have picked up other places over the years, including the totem pole-style Beaver magnet that now guards the door’s peep hole.
Check out more of our Inside the Beaver Dam series, including a tour of Busy Beaver’s art collection (one guess what animal figures prominently!) and the collections around our button pressing stations.