Vintage American pin badges – in pictures


Christen Carter, founder of Busy Beaver Button Company in Chicago, got into pin badges when she was 12. “It was the first thing I could buy with my own babysitting money.” They became a career in the 1990s when she worked in London during her college years. She founded the Busy Beaver Button Museum 10 years ago. “Buttons reflect a history of commercial printing, personal values and social movements. There’s no other ephemera that tells a people’s history like this.” Her book Button Power: 125 Years of Saying It With Buttons is published next month by Princeton Architectural Press


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