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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1987.27.158
Maker Bastian Brothers Company
Date 1940
Material(s) Tinplate/Ink
Dimensions D-0.188 Dia-0.875 inches
Description This is a circular polititcal campaign button, made by lithographic process, for Wendell Willkie's 1940 presidential campaign. It has a red, white, and blue striped background with the slogan, "I AM A/DEMOCRAT/FOR/WILLKIE", in white and blue print. On the side it reads, "BASTIAN BROS. CO. / ROCHESTER, N.Y.", in white print. Various manufacturing symbols, including a union label, line the edges of the button. It has a stickpin on the back.
Notes In 1940 Willkie was nominated by the Republican party to run for the presidency against Roosevelt, who had aroused great opposition by seeking a third term. Willkie's running mate was Charles Linza McNary, senator from Oregon and Senate minority leader after 1932. Despite a vigorous campaign and a popular vote of 22,321,018, Willkie was defeated.
Collection Drexell R. Davis Collection
Event 1940 United States Presidential Election
People Bastian Brothers Company
Willkie, Wendell L.
Subjects Buttons
Campaign insignia
Campaigns, Political
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Politics & government
Presidential candidates
Presidential elections
Search Terms Button, Political
Campaign buttons
Political buttons
Political campaigns
Political souvenirs
Presidential campaigns
Presidential election
Presidential elections
Rochester (NY)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS