Incredibly, the Busy Beaver Button Co. has been in operation for 15 years. Carter recently launched the museum, which features over 1,000 button with pop culture significance, with hopes that it would help people to see pinback buttons as more than just "throwaway souvenirs."
It's a celebration of vintage buttons' craftsmanship, the creative ways buttons were used to make a point, and the window buttons provide into their wearers' bizarre interests. "The thing we love about buttons is the communication and the expression," Carter said.If you're ever in Chicago, certainly check out the pinback button museum, and also make sure to seek out one of the Button-o-Matic vending machines scattered throughout the city. Artists are commissioned to make these limited edition buttons for Busy Beaver. Obviously we are proponents of do-it-yourself button making, using our button making systems, but we commend and recommend Ms. Carter for her commitment to the pinback button. Though pinback buttons do not have the same cultural relevance today that they had a few decades ago, it is people like Christen Carter that keep the simple, succinct, expressive spirit of pinback buttons alive.
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