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."
Cynthia E. Barns Letter
Envelope addressed to Mrs. Cynthia E. Barns of Washington, New Hampshire. In the upper left hand corner is a drawing of Ulysses S. Grant surrounded by a laurel wreath. Under grant are two American flags. Beneath the picture " We'll fight it out on this line if it takes all summer" is written. On the back of the envelope, 1869 is written in pen.
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.
For Governor, Martin G. Brumbaugh Button
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.)
Full Dinner Pail Button (Small)
7/8-inch round pin back button with dinner pail over a blue circle on a white button. Button has paper label on reverse for Baldwin & Gleason, Co.
Grant Carte-de-Visite
Photograph of General Grant by W.P. Jackson of Sedalia, Missouri. Oval photograph with raised flags, laurel, and eagle surrounding. The back states July 4th.
Hard Times Medal
Medal with a bust-length relief portrait of Andrew Jackson, surrounded by the words "My substitute for the U.S. Bank." Underneath his image are the words "MY Experiment MY currency MY glory." These words are continued on the back side of the medal with "MY victory, Down with the bank." On this side of the medal there is also an image of a running pig surrounded by the words "Perish commerce. Perish credit."
I Voted* Bloomberg Magazine Cover
Bloomberg Businessweek magazine featuring a story over faulty voting machines. The cover has a picture of the "Accuvote-TSX".
In Memoriam Theodore Roosevelt Button
7/8-inch round pin back button with black and white portrait of Theodore Roosevelt with gold star over his head.
Jackson Centennial Celebration Token
1 and 1/2-inch bronze token with low relief portrait of Andrew Jackson and featuring Captain Alex Laverty, Horace Blackman and Indian guide Pe-wy-tum shown standing in front of a landscape featuring the Grand River. Token commemorates the 100th anniversary of Jackson, Michigan and the birthplace of the Republican party. The reverse of the token has a profile portrait of Abraham Lincoln flanked by the American flag and the Michigan flag. Underneath the small portrait are the words "Jackson, Michigan. Here under the oaks July 6th 1854 was born the Republican Party destined in the throes of civil strife to abolish slavery, vindicate democracy and perpetuate the union" in low relief.
James Buchanan, President of the United States Token
1 and 1/14-inch gold-tone token with profile portrait of James Buchanan and the text "James Buchanan, President of the United States 1857" in low relief surrounding the portrait. On the reverse, the figures of a male settler and a Native American stand facing one another in front of an American flag with the words "Labor, Virtue, Honor" above the scene, all in low relief.
McKinley Portrait Button (Small)
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of William McKinley framed by a gold scroll and the American flag in the background. Button has a paper label on reverse for National Equipment Co., New York and the Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, with multiple patent dates.
Member Roosevelt Memorial Ass'n Button
5/8-inch round pin back button with black text on white background. Button back has paper label on reverse for St. Louis Button Co., St Louis and Allied Printing Trades Council, St. Louis.
Mrs Gen Grant Carte-de-Viste
Sepia photograph of Mrs. Gen. Grant. Image is of her seated looking towards her right. On back it reads "Mrs gen grant"
Mrs. Julia Dent Grant Photograph
Photograph is of Mrs. Julia Dent Grant. She is looking to her left in photograph. On the back "Mrs. Grant" is written in pencil across the top, with "Julia Dent Grant" written below. In the center there is the logo for G. Cramer. The logo has two cherubs around a stylized GC. Below it the address, "1001 South Fifth Street, Cor. of Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, Mo" is printed.
North Dakota, The Roosevelt Cabin Button
1 and1/4-inch round, pin back button with image of a wooden cabin on an off-white background.
Our President Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of Theodore Roosevelt with a gold border, red and white stripes to the left and right, and four stars on blue above and below the image. Button has paper label on reverse for Scruggs, Vandervoort & Barney, St. Louis.
President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland Medal
1-inch round, bronze-tone medal with facing, low-relief jugate portraits of Grover Cleveland and his wife. The portraits are each framed by an oval of raised dots. An eagle is centered above the portraits and below is a shield with stripes resembling the American flag. On the reverse are the words "Souvenir of tour through West & South, President and Mrs. Cleveland Oct. 1887."
S. Grover Cleveland, President of the U.S. Medal
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.
Socialist Party, Workers of the World Unite Button
6/8-inch round, pin back button with image of two hands shaking over a red and green global map of the Americas. The rim of the button is red with white text that reads, "Socialist Party, Workers of the World Unite". Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark and Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
Taft Blue Button
5/8-inch round, pin back button in navy blue with "TAFT" written in the center in navy blue. Button has paper label on reverse with the words "J. H. Shaw Phila, PA".
Taft For Us Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with the words "TAFT FOR US" in block letters on an orange background. Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Company (Chicago, Ill.)with an image of a mallard duck and the words "The Mark of Quality."
Teddy Roosevelt Gold Button
7/8-inch round, clothing button with gold-tone teddy bear in the center and ornate trim framing the edges of the button.
Teddy Roosevelt Sepia Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with portrait of Theodore Roosevelt in sepia. Below the image are the words "Copyright 1963 by C.M. Bell, Washington, D.C.". Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council 20, Chicago, and Photo Jewelry Mfg., Chicago
Teddy Roosevelt on Black Button
3/4-inch round, clothing button with gold toned teddy bear on black background.
The Final Photograph
Sepia photograph of Grant, as per writing on the back this is the "final photograph" of him. He is seated on the porch, reading a newspaper. On the front bottom "copyright" is written. On the back, the logo for Gilman is printed. There is a medal of a cross with "Gilman," written inside. Below the cross "Canajoharie, N.Y." is printed.
Theodore Roosevelt Sepia Button
7/8-inch round pin back button with sepia portrait of Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt on Black 1 Button
5/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white 3/4 view portrait of Theodore Roosevelt. Button has paper label on reverse with the words American Art Works.

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