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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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.
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.
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.

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