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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Herbert Hoover/Charles Curtis Button
Button with oval portraits of Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis. Hoover's portrait has the words "For President Herbert Hoover" while Charles' portrait has "For Vice President Charles Curtis." An American flag hangs behind each portrait.
Hold to Hoover Handbill
White handbill with brown ink proclaiming "HOLD TO HOOVER!" at the top and bottom. In between is information on how his policies will combat the Depression.
Hoover for President Club Card
Card distributed by "Hoover For President Club". Across the top of the card it reads "A Pledge to Vote for Hoover and Curtis". Spaces are available to fill in for location, "Name", "Address", "Place", "Precint", and "Phone".
Hoover/Curtis Button
Rectangular button reading "Hoover Curtis," framed by black and white images of both presidential candidate Herbert Hoover and vice presidential candidate Charles Curtis.

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