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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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.
Danger Ahead! Handbill
White handbill that has a cartoon wooden sign reading "Danger Ahead" in red. The sign is surrounded by red cartoon lanterns. Below are warnings about then presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower and his military background. At the bottom "Vote for Stevenson for President" is printed in red. This poster was created by "The NAtional Volunteers for Stevenson".
Do You Want to Go Back 10 years? Flyer
The flyer is made of yellow paper with blue ink. On the front is a mock box score printed with references to "average factory wage", "Total Jobs", "Unemployment", "Union Members" and "Strikes" displayed in relation to 1946 "before "Tart-Hartley" and in 1956 "After Tart-Hartley". Below the box score "The Democrats Call These Shackles! " is printed and below are is a list containing more information about the above box score. Below this "For Peace and Prosperity, Vote Republican is printed" and below this the company that produced this flier " Republican Associates" and their address "315 West 9th St., Los Angeles 15, Calif." is printed. On the back left corner "Here's our Team!" is printed. On the upper right corner "Let's work for the team...as a team!" is printed, with "as" underlined. "For, peace, prosperity, and progress, Elect Ike and Dick and give them a Republican Congress" is printed on the left side of the front. Then presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower and vice presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon's pictures are printed at the top of the page and under them are photos and names of Republicans running for congress in California. "California's Assembly Must Go Republican... Here's the "team" with each man's assembly district opposite his name" is printed above the names and districts of candidates with "Help Keep California Prosperous And Progressive...Help Elect Your Republican Candidates!" printed below.
Eisenhower Petition
Petition in support of Dwight D. Eisenhower, urging for his nomination for president at the 1952 Republican National Convention. In the upper left corner the is a red,white, and blue, striped circle with "We like Ike" printed in blue in the middle. At the top "Americans have faith in Dwight D. Eisenhower, We urge his nomination for President of the UNITED STATES at this Republican Convention. July, 1952" is printed in blue.

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