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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1987.27.103
Maker Green Duck Co./Character Display Co.
Date 1929-1932
Material(s) Metal/Thread/Enamel
Dimensions Dia-2.25 inches
Description This metal button has a metal cutout of a donkey attached to its front, left side. The donkey has printed-on features and is mechanical. When pulled, a small black string tied to the donkey's nose lifts the donkey's back legs up so it appears to kick the image of an elephant to its right. The rest of the button has an image and text printed directly onto its surface. The background of the piece is pale yellow enamel and across the top the button reads "Kick out / Depression" in black ink with the words "with / a / Democratic Vote" printed across the bottom. A lithograph image of an elephant takes up the right portion of the button between these two lines of text. The back of the button is a light, greenish-blue color with blue printed words. The text reads "Character Display Co. / 3249 No. Herndon St. / Chicago, ILL. / PATS Pending." Beneath this text are two union logos and more text which reads "Green Duck Chicago." A metal wire has been bent and fitted under the curved rim of the button to create the pin.
Notes In the 1932 Presidential Election, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt and his running mate John N. Garner ran against incumbent President Herbert Hoover and his running mate Charles Curtis. Winning the election in a landslide, Roosevelt vowed to turn around the depressed economy of the nation and launched a variety of programs under his New Deal Coalition. Roosevelt had previously been election the 44th Governor of New York in 1929 and served as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy between 1913 and 1920.

The Green Duck Metal Stamping Company (which produced this button) was founded in Chicago in 1906 and was in business until closing its doors in 2004. The company produced many political buttons, though none were quite as popular as the “I Like Ike” buttons from the 1952 presidential election.

This object was donated in December of 1987 by Drexell R. Davis. Davis, a self-described "Yellow Dog" Democrat, held several elected positions in the Kentucky state government. His thirty-three years of public service prompted his interest in collecting political memorabilia.


Collection Drexell R. Davis Collection
Event 1932 United States Presidential Election
People Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Hoover, Herbert
Green Duck Co.
Subjects Buttons
Buttons (Information artifacts)
Campaigns, Political
Depressions
Donkeys
Economics
Elephants
Mascots
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political issues
Politics & government
Souvenirs
Search Terms Republican party
Democratic Party
political souvenirs
Politics
Political button
Button, Political
Campaign buttons
Donkey
Elephant
Great Depression
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS