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."
7 Reasons Print Ad
Print ad for "Automatic Voting Machine Corporation" of "Jamestown, New York", in operation "since 1898". Ad lists 7 reasons why "5,500 cities, towns, and villages in the United States use Automatic Voting Machines".
Automatic Voting Machine Matchbox Case
Matchstick case advertising "Automatic Voting Machines" of "Jamestown, N.Y.". A front picture shows a hand selecting a switch, while a picture on the back shows a woman exiting a voting machine. Inside the box "Advantages of Jamestown Automatic Voting Machines" are listed.
Avoid Costly Election Contests Once and for All By Using Voting Machines Print Ad
Print ad in "The American City" magazine for "Automatic Registering Machine CO., Inc." of "Jamestown, New York". Ad tells an anecdote involving the reliability of the machines. A photograph of a voting machine is in the upper right corner.
Billy Possum and Jimmie Possum on the Links Postcard
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
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.
Democratic National Convention Guest Ticket
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 Ticket
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'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 Ticket
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.
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.
GOP National Convention Ribbon
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.
Grand National Democratic Banner
Hand colored lithographic print with oval portraits of Presidential candidate James K. Polk and Vice-Presidential candidate George M. Dallas. A depiction of red swagged drapery edged in gold fringe frames the upper half of the print and surrounds the words "Polk the Young Hickory. Dallas and Victory". During his presidency James K. Polk was known as "Young Hickory", an allusion to his mentor Andrew Jackson. A row of stars is above the text. The American eagle holds the edges of two crossed and draped flags in its beak above and between the two oval portraits, while winding ribbon banners beneath the portraits identify the sitters as President and Vice-President. Across the bottom of the print are the words "Grand, National, Democratic Banner. Press Onward."
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 Sticker
Large white oval sticker with the words "I Voted" in blue lettering along with a waving American flag, issued in Avondale, Pennsylvania
I Voted Sticker (NC)
Small white oval sticker with the words "I Voted" in blue lettering along with a waving American flag, issued in Dunn, North Carolina
I Voted; NYC Votes Sticker
Printed circular pale blue sticker displaying the Statue of Liberty with the words " I Voted" in red, white, and blue, and with the words "NYC Votes", issued in Brooklyn, New York
I am Opposed to Women's Suffrage; Mrs R. Taylor Card
Card stating opposition to woman's suffrage signed by Mrs. R. Taylor
I'm a Georgia Voter Sticker
Printed circular white sticker with an image of a peach hanging from a small branch and displaying the words "I'm a Georgia Voter", issued in Gainesville, Georgia
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.
Joe Fifer Club, Harrison and Morton Ribbon
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.
McKinley Portrait Button
1 and 1/4-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 Allied Printing Trades Council 3, Newark, and Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
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.

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