M-322: Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker American Political Collection

The Shopmaker Collection contains over three thousand items ranging from a George Washington token dated 1789 to buttons and textiles endorsing candidates in the 2008 election. The variety of objects reflects the changing tastes of the American public and the available production technologies, ranging from 19th century brass jewelry and clothing buttons embossed with candidate's names and party symbols to today's modern, mass-produced buttons, and from porcelain plates embellished with a portrait of First Lady Helen Taft to Nancy Reagan paper dolls. With artifacts representing nearly every American election, the Shopmaker Collection provides the viewer with a broad look at how candidates have used images, slogans and symbols to woo the public, and how the public has expressed its own, often outspoken, opinions on both individuals and issues.
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23rd President U.S.A., Benjamin Harrison Token
1-inch copper token with low-relief profile portrait of Benjamin Harrison. The words "23rd President U.S.A. 1889 - 1893 are in low-relief block letters above the portrait and "Benjamin Harrison" is in block letters below it. On the reverse of the token in low-relief block letters is extensive text about his career that begins with "Backbone Ben, Son of his Grandfather."
A Clean Sweep Button
Button with a sketch of a rooster and broom. Surrounding the sketch, the button reads "A Clean Sweep." The rooster references the former symbol of the Democratic political party.
A Full Dinner Bucket
1 and 1/4-inch round pin back button with black and white portrait of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt on a metal dinner bucket over a blue background. Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council and The Whitehead & Hoag Co.
AL Button
Button in the shape of a derby (bowler) hat reading "AL." The hat references presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith's iconic derby hat that he wore during his time as the Governor of New York State.
Adlai E. Stevenson For Governor
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of Adlai E. Stevenson on a white background. The words "Adlai E. Stevenson For Governor" in black block text surround the portrait.
America First: McKinley
7/8-inch round, pin back button with red on the top, blue on the bottom and a white horizontal stripe down the middle.
American Journey, Colin Powell
Yellow button with a red border reading "American Journey Colin Powell" in white lettering. The border also reads "SF '95" in red. The center of the button has a color, photographic portrait of proposed vice presidential candidate Colin Powell.
Back Up; You've Batted Twice
On this double sided card, Uncle Sam serves as referee and instructs a stylized Theodore Roosevelt to step away and allow a stylized Taft to take bat in a baseball game.er 1909
Billy Possum and Jimmie Possum on the Links
Double-sided caricature postcard of Billy Possum, an animal character representing William H. Taft, and Jimmy Possum, an animal character representing James S. Sherman who was Taft's vice-president, playing golf; stamped and dated November 1909
Blaine and Logan Medal
1-inch medal with jugate profile portraits of Republican president and vice president candidates for the 1884 Presidential election, James G. Blaine and John A. Logan facing each other surrounded by flags. medal reverse reads "Republican Candidates for President and Vice President of the United States, 1884" framed by a laurel wreath. The medal has a circular hole at the upper edge.
Cleveland and Hendricks
Golden colored clothing button reading "Cleveland and Hendricks" with stars separating the words. The button refers to presidential candidate Grover Cleveland and vice presidential candidate Thomas A. Hendricks.
Col. Theodore Roosevelt
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of Col. Theodore Roosevelt with American flag drapery in upper left corner, all on white background. Button has paper label on reverse for National Equipment Co., New York & Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
Coolidge-Dawes, Full Dinner Pail
White button with red top and blue bottom border, each with white lettering and a sketch of a dinner pail surrounded by the words "Coolidge-Dawes" and "Full Dinner Pail."
Cox/Roosevelt
Red button with white text reading "Cox." Partially covering the text is a horizontal blue stripe with white text reading "Roosevelt."
Democratic National Convention
Guest admission ticket for the 1952 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. The front of the ticket has a sketch of former President Thomas Jefferson with a quote reading "The last hope of human liberty in this world rests with us." The opposite side of the ticket has the Great Seal of the United States.
Democratic National Convention, Active Press
Green admission ticket reading "Democratic National Convention New York, June 24th Active Press." There is an oval portrait of former President Thomas Jefferson flanked by branches on the left side of the ticket and the United States Capitol in the center. The back of the ticket has the seal of New York State.
Democratic National Convention, Delegate Ribbon
Red, white, and blue striped ribbon with ribbon badge depicting an American Eagle sitting atop a banner flanked by two American flags. The banner reads "Delegate Democratic National Convention 1964." A medal hanging from the ribbon reads "Atlantic City" and depicts the facade of Boardwalk Hall. Beneath the image is a large star surrounded by an airplace in flight and a cart from the Atlantic City boardwalk.
Democratic National Convention, Guest
Green admission ticket reading "Democratic National Convention New York, June 24th Guest." There is an oval portrait of former President Thomas Jefferson flanked by branches on the left side of the ticket and the United States Capitol in the center. The back of the ticket has the seal of New York State.
Democratic National Convention, Guest's Ticket
Admission ticket reading "1916 Democratic National Convention Guest's Ticket." Sketched images of the United States Captiol Building and the Saint Louis, Missouri riverfront and bridges are shown flanking a sketch of former President Thomas Jefferson. On the opposite side of the ticket is a sketched image of King Louis IX, namesake of Saint Louis, on horseback.
Democratic National Convention, Messenger
Admission ticket reading "Messenger Democratic National Convention." The ticket has a place to fill in the recipient's name, as well as a depiction of former President Thomas Jefferson. The opposite side of the ticket shows a sketched image of King Louis IX, namesake of Saint Louis, on horseback.
Democratic State Convention, Alternate Ribbon
Red, white, and blue striped ribbon with ribbon badge depicting an American Eagle sitting atop a banner flanked by two American flags. The banner reads "Alternate Democratic National Convention 1956." A medal hanging from the ribbon reads "Chicago" and depicts the skyline of Chicago, Illinois with a large star in the sky. Beneath this image is a balancing scale surrounded by an airplane, train, and covered wagon.
Eye Opener; Goldwater Glasses
Printed order form from HRB Suppliers for "Goldwater Glasses."
Fair Play and A Square Deal
White ribbon with blue text reading "Fair Play and A Square Deal." Beneath the text is a depiction of a button with an image of presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt and blue ribbons hanging down. The white text on the ribbons reads "Republican Ticket 1906." Below the button is blue text reading "Vote For Magistrate Charles P. Rooney and The Whole Republican Ticket" inside an ornate frame.
First President U.S.A., George Washington Token
1-inch copper token with profile portrait of George Washington and "1789 1st President U.S.A., George Washington 1797" in low relief surrounding the portrait. Reverse of token is identical to the front.
First Voters, Taft Club Button
7/8-inch pin back button with the words "First Voters Taft Club" in blue block letters across a center white band. The upper band has eight white stars on a blue background, and the lower band has vertical red and white stripes. Paper label on reverse for J. B. Carroll Buttons (Chicago, Ill.)
For Governor, Martin G. Brumbaugh
7/8-inch round, pin back button with a black and white portrait of Martin G. Brumbaugh over a flag-motif shield on a blue background. The rim of the button is lined in gold. The words "For Governor, Martin G. Brumbaugh" in gold block letters surround the image. Reverse has paper label for A. J. Keil Co (Philadelphia, Pa.)
For Governor, William Randolph Hearst
7/8-inch round, pin back button with sepia portrait of William Randolph Heart with the words, "For Governor, William Randolph Hearst" surrounding the portrait. Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing (Newark, N.J.) and Whitehead and Hoag (Newark, N.J.)
For President Alfred E. Smith
White button with black text read "For President Alfred E. Smith" surrounding a black and white, photographic portrait of presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith.

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