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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S. Grover Cleveland, President of the U.S. Medal
1 and 3/8-inch medal with profile portrait in relief of Stephen Grover Cleveland. Surrounding the portrait are the words "S. Grover Cleveland, President of the U.S." On the reverse are the words "Welcome to the President and Mrs. Cleveland" surrounded by a laurel wreath.
Senator McGovern Print Ad
Print advertisement by the "Finance Committee to Re-elect the President". In the upper left corner of the page a man looks down at the words in the advertisement. They read, in bold letters "Senator McGovern thinks your vote is in the bag. President Nixon doesn't believe it-look at his record". Below is a list of accomplishments President Nixon has made during his presidency that involve minorities. In the lower right corner there is a graph depicting federal aid. Below in bold lettering "President Nixon. Now more than ever." is printed.
Socialist Party, Workers of the World Unite Button
6/8-inch round, pin back button with image of two hands shaking over a red and green global map of the Americas. The rim of the button is red with white text that reads, "Socialist Party, Workers of the World Unite". Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark and Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
Socialist Party, Workers of the World Unite Button
White button with a red border with white text reading "Socialist Party Workers of the World Unite." In the center of the button is a photographic image of presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs. Surrounding his image are the words "For President, Debs."
Stand Up For America Brochure
White brochure with blue print. On the front is a photograph of then presidential candidate, George C. Wallace. Above him in blue print it reads "Stand Up For America" and below "Support George C. Wallace for President in '68" is printed in red and blue. On the inside, his viewpoints and key biographical points are printed in blue. On the back there is more biographical information and information on how to contribute to his campaign. This brochure was made by "the Wallace Campaign".
Stevenson for President License Plate
Green and white license plate reading "Stevenson for President." The shape of a donkey's head, symbol of the Democratic party, is beside Stevenson's name.
Swallow and Carroll Button
Sepia toned button with a photographic portrait of presidential candidate Silas C. Swallow and and vice presidential candidate George W. Carroll of the Prohibition Party. The words "Swallow and Carroll" and "Prohibition" surround their portrait.
T.R. Button
9/16-inch round, pin back button with text in navy blue over a horizontal, white stripe on a navy blue background. Button has paper label on reverse for Bastian Bros. Front of button has imprint of Allied Trades Council 19.
Taft Blue Button
5/8-inch round, pin back button in navy blue with "TAFT" written in the center in navy blue. Button has paper label on reverse with the words "J. H. Shaw Phila, PA".
Taft For Us Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with the words "TAFT FOR US" in block letters on an orange background. Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Company (Chicago, Ill.)with an image of a mallard duck and the words "The Mark of Quality."
Taft Ribbon
1/2-inch by 1 and 1/4-inch ribbon with red, white and blue horizontal stripes with "TAFT" written in black across the center white stripe.
Taft Watch Fob
Metal watch fob with four separate two-sided medals linked by rings. The medal closest to the clasp has an image of crossed American flags. The opposite site of this medal has an image of an elephant with the letters "G.O.P." on its side, refering to the symbol of the Republican Party, formerly known as the Grand Old Party (GOP). The second medal reads "Look at the doughnut not the hole" in letters that surround a raised doughnut shape, on which it says "Big Crops, Great Natural Resources." The hole of the doughnut reads "Business depression." The opposite side of this medal depicts a row of soldiers stretching toward the horizon, with the words "Regular army should be increased." The third medal has an image of a battleship at sea with the words "Upbuilding of Navy must be continued." The opposite side of this medal depicts former President Theodore Roosevelt in military uniform hitting a bass drum with a large stick, with the words "Use T.R.'s nerve tonic for business troubles." The fourth medal has the image of presidential candidate William H. Taft with the words "For President" on both sides.
Taft and Sherman Jugate Portrait
1 and 1/4-inch round, pin back button with black and white jugate portraits of William H. Taft and James S. Sherman. The portraits are surrounded by a oval gold frame with scrolls at the top and bottom. A flag-motif shield is placed between the two figures. Button has a paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark and Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark.
Taft on Blue Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with "TAFT" in navy blue on a white stripe on a navy blue background. Button has a paper label on reverse for J.B. Carroll Buttons, Chicago, USA.
Teddy Roosevelt Gold Button
7/8-inch round, clothing button with gold-tone teddy bear in the center and ornate trim framing the edges of the button.
Teddy Roosevelt Sepia Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with portrait of Theodore Roosevelt in sepia. Below the image are the words "Copyright 1963 by C.M. Bell, Washington, D.C.". Button has paper label on reverse for Allied Printing Trades Council 20, Chicago, and Photo Jewelry Mfg., Chicago
Teddy Roosevelt on Black Button
3/4-inch round, clothing button with gold toned teddy bear on black background.
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.
The Grass Roots are on Fire for Chester Bowles Card
White card with blue print reading "The grass roots are on fire for Chester Bowles" . "Fire" is stylized to look like flames and after "grass" there is a cartoon depiction of grass.
The Independent Voters Handbook
The Independent Voters Handbook, A Brief Statement in favor of Senator Kennedy. On the fron of the pamphlet a cartoon depicts a donkey and elephant yelling into a man's ear. The inside contains a statement in favor of then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. There is also a cartoon depiction of then presidential candidate Kennedy looking to his right. The back of the pamphlet contains information about "Citizens for Kennedy" the group that produced the pamphlet.
The Inflated States of America; Two Frozen Dollars
Double-sided printed replica of the US two dollar bill criticizing Richard Nixon's economic policies; with a caricature portrait of Nixon
The New Yorker Magazine
The New Yorker magazine from "Nov, 3, 1956". The cover is a cartoon depiction of a green voting machine surrounded by people reading off and tallying the results. "Price 20 cents" is printed in the upper right corner. Getz is signed in the lower left corner.
The Only ISSUE Is Roosevelt Brochure
White brochure with black print. The front reads "The Only ISSUE Is Roosevelt" With a photograph of then President Roosevelt abive his name. There is a black star below. The inside lists Roosevelt's achievements during his previous 3 terms as president. The back contains information regarding voter registration as well as the election date and poll times.
Theodore Roosevelt Sepia Button
7/8-inch round pin back button with sepia portrait of Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt on Black 1 Button
5/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white 3/4 view portrait of Theodore Roosevelt. Button has paper label on reverse with the words American Art Works.
Theodore Roosevelt on Black 2 Button
5/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of Theodore Roosevelt. Button has paper back label by St. Louis Button Co., St. Louis.
Theodore Roosevelt on Gold Button
7/8-inch round, pin back button with black and white portrait of Theodore Roosevelt over an American flag seal on gold.
Theodore Roosevelt on White Button
7/8-inch round pin back button with portrait of Theodore Roosevelt framed by a hazy, blue sky on white.

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