Every coat counts!
Legendary Auctions has a fantastic description of this rare button:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt enjoyed an avidly devoted constituency among America’s “working people.” Bus drivers, teachers, bricklayers, and toll takers all bought into the New Deal philosophy—while at the same time constantly striving to make their own concerns heard during the period’s rush to implement new, enlightened politics. Why not, too, the nation’s “Furriers?” Craftspeople in that specialized field, although catering to the country’s aristocracy, felt their own compulsion to support the popular FDR. A point of fact, however: these savants of sable and maestros of mink comprised an infinitesimally small portion of the electorate—accounting for this very specifically targeted pinback’s impossible rarity.(The image of the button above is via Heritage Auctions)
A couple supporting Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign. San Diego, California.
Requiem Mass for Robert Kennedy, June 8, 1968
Flyer from the Berkeley Free Church in California announcing a requiem mass for Robert Kennedy on Saturday, June 8, two days after his assassination.
The Berkeley Free Church ministered to Berkeley area transients, runaways and hippies from 1967-1972. From Calisphere:
Services included a referral switchboard, counseling, health care, crash pads, and free food. Support came from area merchants, local churches, and the Episcopal and Presbyterian denominations. The Church and its clergy were involved in all the radical and social justice issues of the late 60’s including local Berkeley issues, campus riots, and People’s Park; peace and draft resistance issues of the Vietnam War; and radical church renewal in the mainline Protestant denominations.Via Calisphere, a service of the UC Libraries, powered by the California Digital Library. Part of the Berkeley Free Church Collection.
The only consolation to be had about having Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill is that he probably would have hated it.
In 1964, the moderate wing of the Republican Party tried to dislodge Barry Goldwater as the presumptive GOP nominee going into the Republican National Convention. He was depicted as an extremist, a right-wing fascist bent on plunging the country into war. A potential Hitler, basically. An interview with Der Spiegel was twisted into an attempt to appeal “to right-wing elements in Germany” by CBS correspondent Daniel Schorr, who also casually dropped that Goldwater said he planned to visit former Nazi-stronghold Bavaria.
Lest these subtle clues be lost on delegates and potential voters, Goldwater opponents came up with buttons like the one above. “Hohenzollern Goldwater” refers to the Hohenzollerns, the ruling house of Brandenburg-Prussia and of imperial Germany. So, like, he’s so in love with the right wing and Germany that he’s now German. Or something. It’s not one of the more well-thought out slam buttons.
Button from Heritage Auctions
Read more about the convention in-fighting in 1964 Republican Convention: Revolution From the Right, from Smithsonian Magazine.
Buttons! All the buttons!
Campaign Mom and Dad’s collection of buttons, political and otherwise — along with my newest contribution to the pile. See if you can pick it out.
That’s actually almost certainly from President Gerald Ford’s administration. He asked Americans to “Whip Inflation Now" ("WIN") - calling on individuals to do their part with responsible saving and spending to combat inflation and a rise in the cost of living. He encouraged people to wear "WIN" buttons to show their support for the initiative. Big shock: it didn’t work and people just made fun of the whole idea.
I went antiquing today (despite the snow) and found this campaign button. I like its directness.