The Lubenthal Collection:
Presidential Campaign Pins from 1896-1972

        Pins have had a colorful history in American politics. Used to advertise and promote candidates, pins have been used since George Washington's presidency. Pins have evolved since then, making them popular and collectable. Pins often had photographs or portraits of the presidential hopefuls, giving American citizens from across the country a face to put on their image of candidates. This was especially important in the early days, before the average American had a TV or even a radio.

        Pins are not just a piece of collector memorabilia; they are an important part of American history. They show the importance of campaigning and voting; they are a portal to our past, showing how presidential hopefuls reached out to people before the presence of modern technology.

        Presented, is the Lubenthal Collection of pins. Donated in 1973 by Mary Lubenthal O.S.F., it includes over 100 presidential pins spanning 76 years from William McKinley's (1896) to Richard Nixon's (1972) presidential runs. While the collection is vast, it is incomplete with some candidates missing in between.







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This page was last edited on 11/08/2012

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