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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1987.27.263
Date 1956
Material(s) Tin/Plastic/Paper
Dimensions H-3.5 W-3.5 Dia-3.5 inches
Description This political button was made for the 1956 presidential campaign of Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver. The button is made with a celluloid-type process with a tin backing, a paper insert and a plastic covering. The piece has a white background and features black and white photographs of the candidates surrounded by printed ovals bearing their names and a series of 12 stars per oval. The first reads: "PRESIDENT/ADLAI E. STEVENSON" and the second reads "VICE.PRESIDENT/ESTES KEFAUVER." The images have a series of horizontal blue lines printed between them and an United States shield is printed above them featuring the stars and stripes with an eagle at the top. The button is outlined with olive branches depicted in blue. The backing has a pin and hook closure and there is a white oval sticker affixed to the back from a store or sales venue. The maker's mark is crimped into the paper at the edge of the button and is illegible. There is also a union stamp on the other side.
Notes This button was from the 1956 Presidential election. The button features the Democratic candidates Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver. They ran against the Republican ticket of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon and the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket won the election with 57% of the popular vote.
Collection Drexell R. Davis Collection
Event 1956 United States Presidential Election
People Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing)
Stevenson, Adlai
Kefauver, Estes
Subjects Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political parties
Politics & government
Campaigns, Political
Presidential candidates
Presidential elections
Search Terms Democratic Party
Democratic Ticket
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS