Pinning Down the Candidates
The Collecting of Campaign Buttons Has Become "America's Last Great Treasure Hunt"
Neil A. Grauer
From the Print Edition:
Demi Moore, Autumn 96
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Hake's Encyclopedia of Political Buttons,
a three-volume set cataloguing more
than 15,000 items, is $96 postpaid; 1991 price guide
(admittedly outdated) comes with set.
Hail to the Candidate:
Presidential Campaigns from Banners to Broadcasts
by Keith E. Melder (1992)
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.
Phone: 1 800/782-4612. $24.95 (paperback)
Running for President: The Candidates and Their Images
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.,
editor; David Frent and Fred Israel, associate editors.
Two volumes, 1789-1992 (1993) Simon and Schuster.
Available from the LBJ Museum Store,
2313 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78705
Phone: 1 800/874-6451. $195
American Political Items Collectors,
P.O. Box 340339, San Antonio, Texas 78234
(Joseph D. Hayes, secretary/treasurer.) $30 annual membershi dues includes subscription to monthly newspaper, The Political Bandwagon, and thrice-yearly magazine, The Keynoter. (If you have some buttons you wish to have appraised, APIC will do so for free if you send Xeroxed copies of the buttons and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Hayes.)
Museum Collections of Political Americana
The Smithsonian Institution,
National Museum of American History
Museum of American Political Life
Each presidential library, from Herbert Hoover's in West Branch, Iowa, through Ronald Reagan's in Simi Valley, California, has displays of campaign memorabilia. Other presidential homes an memorials, such as the Theodore Roosevelt birthplace in New York City, have displays of political Americana.
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