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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Harper's Weekly "Now You See What I Did About It" Cartoon
Advertisment for "Automatic Voting Machines" in "The American City". Advertises that they were used "by 12 million voters at the 1944 presidential election". Includes facts that a "fact-finding bureau learned in St. Paul". In the middle of the ad there is a photograph of a man using an Automatic Voting Machine.
Hearst For President Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of William Randolph Hearst on a white background. The words "Hearst For President" in white letters on a blue background surround the portrait. Button has paper label on reverse for the American Badge Company (Chicago, Il.)
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.
Humphrey America Sticker
Sticker in the shape of the United States. The top is blue with white stars in a horizantal stripe. In the middle of the stripe there is the logo for the "Retail Clerks Union" amd below "Active Ballots Club" is printed in white. Below the blue is a horizontal white stripe with blue print reading "Humphrey" with blue stars on either side. Below are vertical red and white stripes.
Humphrey, The People's Democrat for President Brochure
White brochure with black print. The front has a picture of then presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey looking to the right. Below it reads "Humphrey. the People's Democratic for President. At the bottom "Vote for the Humphrey Delegates" is printed. Inside Humphrey's stances are printed, as well as his sponsored legislation and past political positions. The back lists delegates in the "3rd congressional district" that support Humphrey. The date of the primary election "May 16, 1972" is also printed.
Humphrie/Muskie Plastic Cling
Political plastic cling. It is striped red ,white, and blue. With "Humphrey" and "Muskie" over the red and blue stripes respectively.
I Voted Sticker
Large white oval sticker with the words "I Voted" in blue lettering along with a waving American flag, issued in Avondale, Pennsylvania
I Voted Sticker (NC)
Small white oval sticker with the words "I Voted" in blue lettering along with a waving American flag, issued in Dunn, North Carolina
I Voted* Bloomberg Magazine Cover
Bloomberg Businessweek magazine featuring a story over faulty voting machines. The cover has a picture of the "Accuvote-TSX".
I Voted; NYC Votes Sticker
Printed circular pale blue sticker displaying the Statue of Liberty with the words " I Voted" in red, white, and blue, and with the words "NYC Votes", issued in Brooklyn, New York
I Will Crow in November Button
Metal button showing a rooster, referencing the former symbol of the Democratic party, with "Cox" written on its side. A ring with the words "I will crow in November" encircle the rooster.
I am Opposed to Women's Suffrage; Mrs R. Taylor Card
Card stating opposition to woman's suffrage signed by Mrs. R. Taylor
I'm a Georgia Voter Sticker
Printed circular white sticker with an image of a peach hanging from a small branch and displaying the words "I'm a Georgia Voter", issued in Gainesville, Georgia
IAFF Fire Fighter for Gore Bumper Sticker
Yellow bumper sticker with blacvk print reading "IAFF Fire Fighters for Gore 2000" To the left the IAFF logo is printed. In a black circle "F" is printed in yellow and in a yellow ring around it it reads "organized Feb 28, 1918" . Four black desings surround the yellow circle containing the letters "IAF" and " AFL-CIO, CLC".
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.
In Memoriam Theodore Roosevelt Button
7/8-inch round pin back button with black and white portrait of Theodore Roosevelt with gold star over his head.
Jackson Centennial Celebration Token
1 and 1/2-inch bronze token with low relief portrait of Andrew Jackson and featuring Captain Alex Laverty, Horace Blackman and Indian guide Pe-wy-tum shown standing in front of a landscape featuring the Grand River. Token commemorates the 100th anniversary of Jackson, Michigan and the birthplace of the Republican party. The reverse of the token has a profile portrait of Abraham Lincoln flanked by the American flag and the Michigan flag. Underneath the small portrait are the words "Jackson, Michigan. Here under the oaks July 6th 1854 was born the Republican Party destined in the throes of civil strife to abolish slavery, vindicate democracy and perpetuate the union" in low relief.
James Buchanan, President of the United States Token
1 and 1/14-inch gold-tone token with profile portrait of James Buchanan and the text "James Buchanan, President of the United States 1857" in low relief surrounding the portrait. On the reverse, the figures of a male settler and a Native American stand facing one another in front of an American flag with the words "Labor, Virtue, Honor" above the scene, all in low relief.
Jas. G. Blaine Medal
Medal with leafed border depicting a profile of presidential candidate James G. Blaine with the words "Jas. G. Blaine" surrounding the image on both sides. On the opposite side of the medal is the Lord's Prayer.
Joe Fifer Club, Harrison and Morton Ribbon
White ribbon with blue portraits of both Republican nominee Benjamin Harrison and his running mate Levi P. Morton. Above the portraits reads "Joe Fifer Club Donnellson" in red text. The portraits and red text are bordered by blue text reading "1888" at the top and "Harrison and Morton" at the bottom. The "Joe Fifer Club" makes reference to the republican candidate for Governor in the state of Illinois, "Private Joe" Fifer.
Keep U.S. Out of War Button
White button with red and blue lettering reading "Keep U.S. Out of War" with a sketch of the contiguous United States in the center.
LBJ For The USA Bumper Sticker
Blue and red bumper sticker with white print. Over the blue "LBJ" is printed in white. Over the red "For the USA" is printed in white.
Malt Bitters Puzzle
Puzzle trade card. Front has a drawing of wooded scene with the words "Malt Bitters Puzzle" on top and below the drawing "Find our next President" If flipped upside down, one can see an outline of a face.The back has advertising information for Malt Bitters from the Malt Bitters company located in Boston, MA.
McCain Card
Card sent out by John McCain 2008 in support of then presidential candidate John McCain. On the front of the card there is a family seated at a table looking forward. In the bottom left corner, "McCain" is printed in blue with a yellow bar separated in the middle with a star above. Printed below McCain, is "Biezczcat Family, Las Vegas, NV". The back of the card has a statement regarding McCain's policies and his support for Hispanic Americans. The bottom right corner has a picture of a family holding American flags facing forward. In front of them is printed "Estamos Unidos McCain", with a white bar separated by a star between "Estamos Unidos" and "McCain". In the bottom right corner "johnmccain.com/espanol" is printed and under it is a white box containing the words "Paid for by John McCain 2008".
McCarthy for President '68 Bumper Sticker
Blue and black bumper sticker with "McCarthy" printed in white over the black and "for PRESIDENT '68" printed in white over the blue. A black and white photograph of McCarthy is on the left. This sticker was made by the "Eugene McCarthy for President" group.


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