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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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.
Experience Counts! Nixon-Lodge Paper Cap
White bus boy style paper cap. Around the edges are red, white, and blue stripes. In between the stripes "Experience Counts!" is written on the left and right sides of the hat in red. "Vote Nixon-Lodge" is printed in blue below. A blue elephant is printed to the left.
Eye Opener; Goldwater Glasses Order Card
Printed order form from HRB Suppliers for "Goldwater Glasses."
Fair Play and A Square Deal Ribbon
White ribbon with blue text reading "Fair Play and A Square Deal." Beneath the text is a depiction of a button with an image of presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt and blue ribbons hanging down. The white text on the ribbons reads "Republican Ticket 1906." Below the button is blue text reading "Vote For Magistrate Charles P. Rooney and The Whole Republican Ticket" inside an ornate frame.
Finally A Reason To Vote Sticker
A black and white photo of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is overlayed over the American flag. Written in typewriter print to his left it reads "FINALLY A REASON TO VOTE". Overlayed over Bernie Sanders and the American flag are newspaper articles that reflect Sander's campaign stances.
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.
First Voters, Taft Club Button
7/8-inch pin back button with the words "First Voters Taft Club" in blue block letters across a center white band. The upper band has eight white stars on a blue background, and the lower band has vertical red and white stripes. Paper label on reverse for J. B. Carroll Buttons (Chicago, Ill.)
For Governor, Martin G. Brumbaugh Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with a black and white portrait of Martin G. Brumbaugh over a flag-motif shield on a blue background. The rim of the button is lined in gold. The words "For Governor, Martin G. Brumbaugh" in gold block letters surround the image. Reverse has paper label for A. J. Keil Co (Philadelphia, Pa.)
For Governor, William Randolph Hearst Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with sepia portrait of William Randolph Heart with the words, "For Governor, William Randolph Hearst" surrounding the portrait. Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing (Newark, N.J.) and Whitehead and Hoag (Newark, N.J.)
For President Alfred E. Smith Button
White button with black text read "For President Alfred E. Smith" surrounding a black and white, photographic portrait of presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith.
For President William H Taft Button
Red, white, and blue bowtie shaped paper political tab with flag motif and the words "For President William H Taft," with an image of the candidate.
For President Willkie Button
White button with blue text reads "For President Will-" with an attached decorative key. The button is meant to be read "For President Willkie", referencing presidential candidate Wendell Willkie.
For President, Debs Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of Eugene V. Debs. His portrait is flanked by a set of red laurels to the left and right. Above the portrait are the words, "FOR PRESIDENT" and below "DEBS" all in red lettering. Debs was the Socialist Party candidate for president in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920.
For President, William H. Taft Button
6/8-inch round, pin back button with sepia portrait of William H. Taft. Arched along the top and bottom of the button are the words, "For President, Wm H. Taft." Button has paper label on reverse for Hyatt Manufacturing Corporation, Baltimore.
Ford or Carter Brochure
White paper brochure. The front is red and "Ford or Carter" is printed in white. Inside there is a picture of Forf looking to the right. The next two pages praise Ford and provide negative statements about Carter. The headers are black and the body text is red. The back reads "How do you choose?" and "Ford, He's making us proud again." This brochure was produced by "The President Ford Committee".
Free Rickshaw Ride Paper Ticket
Red paper ticket advertising a "free rickshaw ride" on "California & Grant St." from "3 PM-9 PM". The simplified chinese characters for gold and water are printed on the ticket with the english translations below. "'64" is printed below.
Full Dinner Pail Button
1 and 1/4-inch round, pin back button on white with tin pail in the center in front of orange circle.
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.
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.
Garfield and Arthur Button
Bronze colored clothing button reading "Garfield and Arthur," refering to presidential candidate James A. Garfield and vice presidential candidate Chester A. Arthur.
George C. Wallace for President Why? Pledge Sheet
Pledge sheet for then presidential candidate "George C. Wallace". The back has a space for signing up as a member of the "American Independent Party". The inside lists Wallace's qualifications and accomplishments.
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.
Grover Cleveland Watch Fob
Metal watch fob with clasp and chain showing a depiction of an American eagle with wings spread atop a circular photographic portrait of presidential candidate Grover Cleveland.
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."
Harding and Coolidge Button
Blue button with white text reading "Harding and Coolidge." Bordering the text are both a thin white stripe and a thicker red stripe on the top and bottom.
Harding/Coolidge Watch Fob
Watch fob with black leather strap and golden fob. The fob depicts an American eagle sitting atop a dome, flanked by arrows and an olive branch. Below the eagle are the oval portraits of presidential candidate Warren G. Harding and vice presidential candidate Calvin Coolidge. Above these portraits are the words "E Pluribus Unum" and below the portraits are their names, "Harding" and "Coolidge." At the bottom of the fob it reads "Our Choice."


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