The Busy Beaver Button Museum is always acquiring interesting new buttons for our collection, and in December curator and Head Beaver, Christen Carter, won a couple of fascinating new buttons at auction to add to the archives.
Pan-American Exposition Monkeys – A play on the 1901 Pan-American Exposition emblem featuring two ladies shaped into North and South America (see the original here), this button features monkeys in the women’s roles. Look closely– the one representing South American is smoking a cigar.
Pan-American Exposition Rebus – A souvenir from the exposition, the rebus on this button combines a frying pan (“Pan”), dancing can (“A-Merry-Can”) and bison for the exposition’s location in Buffalo, NY. See more souvenirs from the expo here.
Airship Buttons – This pair of 1920’s airship buttons were used by Sunday school groups to encourage attendance on Rally Day, the annual Sunday School program kick-off event. Both have backpapers from David C. Cook, a Sunday School items supplier.
Union Dime Button – This 1″ button was made for the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America. The button features a 1943 dime behind an open window in the center of the button. The red backpaper reads “C.I.O.,” (Congress of Industrial Workers), of which the marine workers union was an early member.
See more of The Button Museum’s historic buttons here.