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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A Full Dinner Bucket Button
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.
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.
In Gold We Trust Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black lettering on white background. Button has paper label on reverse for the Whitehead & Hoag Co.
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.
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.
McKinley and Roosevelt Jugate, Blue Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait jugate of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt framed by a golden scroll on a dark blue background. Button has paper label on reverse for Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark and Allied Printing Trades Council 3, Newark.
McKinley and Roosevelt, Jugate Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portraits of McKinley and Roosevelt in oval frames over an American flag with a gold background. Button has paper label on reverse for Baldwin and Gleason Co., Ltd, New York.
Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt With Eagle on Gold Button
1 and 1/8-inch round pin back button with black and white portrait of Theodore Roosevelt framed by a white circle with an eagle overhead and two American flags below. Button has paper back label with St. Louis Button Co., St. Louis and Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark.
Red, White, and Blue Taft Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with red, white and blue stripe and "TAFT" written in blue over the white stripe. Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark and Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
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 and Sherman Jugate Portrait
1 and 1/4-inch round, pin back button with black and white jugate portraits of William H. Taft and James S. Sherman. The portraits are surrounded by a oval gold frame with scrolls at the top and bottom. A flag-motif shield is placed between the two figures. Button has a paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark and Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
William H. Taft Black 1 Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of William H. Taft. "William H. Taft" is written at the bottom of the button in white lettering. Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark and Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
William H. Taft on Gold Oval Button
1-inch by 9/16-inch oval, pin back button with black and white portrait of William H. Taft framed by an ornate, gold, oval border. An image of a bow in red, white and blue is at the bottom of the oval and a shield with a flag motif is at the top. There is a paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark and Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
William Jennings Bryan Button
1-inch oval, pin back button with black and white portrait of William Jennings Bryan surrounded by a decorative gold-tone frame over a red, white and blue background. Paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council (Newark, N.J.) and Whiteghead and Hoag Company (Newark, N.J.)

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