Posted February 4th, 2014
For months we have been working on cleaning, carding, and displaying our special exhibit featuring Sam Biern and his buttons. The exhibit features numerous trays of buttons and family photos graciously loaned to the museum by Sam Biern’s son, Jerry Biern. Guests have been enjoying the stories about Sam and his life which has fondly been referred to as “The American Dream”. Coming to America shortly after WW I, Sam sold his art work on the streets of New York city. His hard work and perseverance paid off and he became one of the most sought after button makers of his time. Also exhibited at the museum is the salesman case that Sam carried into department stores letting buyers see his incredible samples. At Macy’s the Sam Biern buttons had their own display case for quite some time. His buttons are now highly sought after by button collectors around the country. How can you tell if you have found a Sam Biern button? Nearly all of them are backmarked with a stamp or an oval plate that has been soldered to the back of the button. There are a few out in circulation that were samples and may not have the known backmark. As we continue to display and enjoy this special exhibit, we are also sharing more stories about Sam Biern as the man, the father and incredible artist. Stay tuned for more pictures and more stories!