HISTORICAL POLITICAL BUTTONS – ANTI ROOSEVELT, GOLDWATER-JOHNSON, NIXON,IKE, ETC

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Rarest of political buttons, the Landon Knox sunflower state button from the 1936 Presidential election

 

LANDON KNOX 1936

One of the earliest and rarest political buttons, from the most lopsided, landslide victory of Franklin Roosevelt over Alf Landon in 1936.  Landon was from Kansas, thus the unique felt sunflower backing.   By winning 523 electoral vote,  Roosevelt received 98.49% of the electoral vote, the highest percentage since 1820. (Wikepedia). The above botton was enlarged 8x for clarity.

The United States presidential election of 1936 was the most lopsided presidential election in the history of the United States in terms of electoral votes. In terms of the popular vote, it was the third biggest victory since the election of 1820, which was not seriously contested. The election took place as the Great Depression entered its eighth year. Incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt was still working to push the provisions of his New Deal economic policy through Congress and the courts. However, the New Deal policies he had already enacted, such as Social Securityand unemployment benefits, had proven to be highly popular with most Americans. Roosevelt’s Republican opponent was Governor Alf Landon of Kansas, a political moderate.Although some political pundits predicted a close race, Roosevelt went on to win the greatest electoral landslide since the beginning of the current two-party system in the 1850s, carrying all but 8 electoral votes. Roosevelt carried every state except Maine and Vermont.

But, not everyone liked Roosevelt as we see below…

 

anti Roosevelt

HISTORICAL POLITICAL BUTTONS – ANTI

ROOSEVELT 

FDR was one of the most popular, successful US Presidents, but he wasn’t without his detractors, witnessed by these buttons circa 1940s

 

   fifties-ike-nixon-etc-buttons

‘I LIKE IKE,’ ‘Nixon’s The One,’ Kennedy-Johnson, Scranton for President, Viva Kennedy (Robert Kennedy for President), Ike and Dick, Draft Lodge, etc…

Slogans were more popular in the  50s and early 60s..  ‘I Like Ike  was the biggie… I can even remember as a young boy seeing the  slogan on buttons and stickers everywhere. .  ‘I’m the Guy Who Put the Oaks in Oakland’  not sure about – Can anyone shed any light on that, probably a guy running for mayor  trying to take credit for the popular minor league baseball team…

The smaller buttons were free back then and I started collecting during the Goldwater-Johnson campaign and picked up a lot of earlier ones  and later ones along the way.   It was when I was working at Dad’s ‘Coit Ramsey’ hotel in Oakland that I met a very nice man, Mr. Westergreen. who I believe gave me the ‘Landon Knox’ button along with an original photo of Amelia Earhardt’s last haircut at the Hollywood Barber Shop in Oakland , among other things…

Rarest of political buttons, the Landon Knox sunflower state button from the 1936 Presidential election

HISTORICAL POLITICAL BUTTONS, BUMPER STICKERS – GOLDWATER MILLER, JOHNSON HUMPHREY 1964


POLITICAL BUTTONS – GOLDWATER

MILLER-  – ELECTIONS 1964

You would think with the modern times and advancement there would be more  creativity today  in all realms including political  advertising.   However, we find back in the day election bumper stickers, buttons were not only more widely seen but much more creative than  today.  It’s rare to even see a simple ‘Obama-Biden’ bumper sticker or ‘Romney-Ryan’ buttono these days but FIFTY YEARS ago they were EVERYWHERE – and it was an ART FORM.  Of course, the cars on which  people put the bumper stickers were much more CREATIVE, too, back in the futuristic, post-war era.

If it were based on creativity alone, back in ’64 we think Goldwater would have won the presidential election. There were clever lines like ‘ Light Bulb Johnson, Turn Him Out in ’64’ . There was even a button that depicted an atomic bomb with the caption ‘That is the ugliest thing I have ever seen’  which was referring to a painting of Johnson that he had disliked and made the well-documented statement.

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GOLDWATER – MILLER ’64 BUMPER

STICKERS

The Goldwater strategists made Goldwater’s famous horn-rimmed glasses a sort of trademark, much like the rock and roller, Buddy Holly did in the ’50s.  ‘AuH2O’ , the  chemcial name for Gold+Water is another  device they used. They even had individual bumper stickers for the various nationalities they were targeting, as below… American Indians, Chinese-americans and Mexican-Americans.   Alas, perhaps politcal advertising only works so far as Goldwater was trounced by Johnson in perhaps the most one-sided persidential election in history



Goldwater – Miller even had specific bumper stickers for the various targeted nationalites

 

GOLDWATER ’64 SPECIALTY ADVERTISING

Goldwater even came out with a giveaway, paper  phonograph record,  his famous ‘A choice Not An Echo’ speech, as below (in black).

 

JOHNSON – HUMPHREY BUMPER

STICKERS, BUTTONS, SPECIALTY

      We will say that Johnson-Humphrey did a pretty good job with the buttons. Here we have ( though you can’t tell) two flash buttons, one for LBJ and one for HHH where two different images appear when the pins move slightly. This ‘early hologram’ effect seemed pretty neat at the time. Today’s politicians could do a lot more but we don’t see it – and they are charging $5 a small button for Obama. Lady Bird was pretty popular back then so we even have a button for the ‘first lady.’

JOHNSON – HUMPHREY BUMPER STICKERS

POLITICAL SPECIALTY ADVERTISING – GEORGE WALLACE , KENNEDY, NIXON , BUSH


GEORGE WALLACE 1968 PRESIDENTIAL

BUTTONS, BUMPER STICKERS

DRAFT LODGE, PAT BROWN FOR GOVERNOR (CA), NIXON -LODGE

 

 

 

 

NIXON BUMPER STICKERS – NIXON FOR GOVERNOR, WOMEN FOR NIXON

Nixon definitely needed help with the latter category

 

MESSAGE BUMPER STICKER – WIN IN VIET NAM,

IMPEACH EARL WARREN, NO ON 14

Bumper stickers often had a message very different that trying to elect a person – or indirectly

 

DOLE – KEMP, BUSY-QUAYLE, HILARY – WHITEWATER