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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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.
Our Choice
1 and 1/4-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Fairbanks over American flag.
Wilson/Marshall
White button with red text reading "Wilson Marshall." The button references presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson and vice presidential candidate Thomas R. Marshall. One 's' is shared between 'Wilson' and 'Marshall', connecting the two names. Prominent union label for Allied Printing Trades Council, Chicago (232).
Pull for Candidate
Postcard reading "Pull for your candidate." Underneath the text is an image of an elephant with a red cloth on its back reading "For President." By pulling the elephant's string tale, an image of presidential candidate William H. Taft appears from behind the elephant. The opposite side of the postcard is formatted with a place for a message, address, and stamp.
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.
Pull for Candidate
Postcard reading "Pull for your candidate." Underneath the text is an image of an elephant with a red cloth on its back reading "For President." By pulling the elephant's string tale, an image of presidential candidate William H. Taft appears from behind the elephant. The opposite side of the postcard is formatted with a place for a message, address, and stamp.
Patriotism Protection Prosperity
Red, white, and blue ribbon with golden ribbon badge reading "Souvenir." The ribbon reads "Patriotism Protection Prosperity" in gold lettering. The medal hanging from the ribbon depicts a profiled portrait of presidential candidate William McKinley with the text "Protection '96 William McKinley." The back of the medal depicts a landscape with the sun behind a mountain range. In the foreground there is a bundle of wheat and a bundle of arrows in an open field. Surrounding the scene are the words "St. Louis Convention June 16, 1896."
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.
Joe Fifer Club, Harrison and Morton
White ribbon with blue portraits of both Republican nominee Benjamin Harrison and his running mate Levi P. Morton. Above the portraits reads "Joe Fifer Club Donnellson" in red text. The portraits and red text are bordered by blue text reading "1888" at the top and "Harrison and Morton" at the bottom. The "Joe Fifer Club" makes reference to the republican candidate for Governor in the state of Illinois, "Private Joe" Fifer.
Jas. G. Blaine
Medal with leafed border depicting a profile of presidential candidate James G. Blaine with the words "Jas. G. Blaine" surrounding the image on both sides. On the opposite side of the medal is the Lord's Prayer.
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.
GOP National Convention
White ribbon with golden ribbon badge reading "Illinois" in blue text. The ribbon reads "1960 GOP National Convention, Chicago, Illinois," also in blue text. The circular medal hanging from the ribbon depicts a profile image of former President Abraham Lincoln.
S. Grover Cleveland, President of the U.S. Medal (Reverse)
Reverse of a 1 and 3/8-inch medal with profile portrait in relief of Stephen Grover Cleveland. Surrounding the portrait are the words "S. Grover Cleveland, President of the U.S." On the reverse are the words "Welcome to the President and Mrs. Cleveland" surrounded by a laurel wreath.
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.
William H. Taft Sepia
7/8-inch round, pin back button with portrait of William H. Taft in sepia. Button has paper label on reverse for Cruver Mfr., Chicago and Allied Printing Trades Council.
Harding and Coolidge
Blue button with white text reading "Harding and Coolidge." Bordering the text are both a thin white stripe and a thicker red stripe on the top and bottom.

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