As the old saying goes, one can never have too many buttons. Well, that’s the old saying around BB headquarters, at least! Check out this colorful batch of pinbacks recently added to the Busy Beaver Button Museum‘s collection.
Clockwise from top left:
Evans Plunge: 1960’s tourist button from Evan’s Plunge in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Founded in 1890, the springs are still home to a water park, with modern water slides providing slightly different healing properties from the original mineral baths. On the button itself, we were drawn to the charming imperfection of the slightly off-register printing.
Satchel Paige Dangler: A combo dangler/ribbon button, this Satchel Paige design was sold at the baseball stadium as a souvenir, probably from late in his career with the Kansas City Monarchs or after his debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1948. Button Museum curator Christen Carter guessed that “he could probably pitch this button at about 100 miles per hour!”
McKinley/Roosevelt Dinner Buckets: This pair of 1900 jugate William McKinley/Teddy Roosevelt designs are famous among button collectors. The “full dinner bucket” imagery is meant to represent enough money for an average person to be able to eat. Perhaps not the highest bar a candidate has ever set as a campaign promise, but it’s a start!
Hendrix Fan Club: A scarce button originally created by his UK fan club, this Jimi Hendrix design was mail order item issued during Hendrix’s heydey in 1967 and 1968. In case you don’t read hippie, the text in the center says “I am experienced.”
Brookfield Zoo Panda: An early example of a button made with an actual photograph, this 1930’s design celebrates pandas at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. Brookfield was the first zoo to exhibit pandas in the US– their first, Su Lin arrived in 1937 and was visited by many popular celebrities of the times, including Shirley Temple.
Want to brush up on more American history through buttons? Check out our series on recent Button Museum acquisitions.