Ephemera is a broad term used to describe items of paper that were created for use in a short time span and meant to be thrown away after one or two uses. Items generally put into the ephemera category of collecting would be sheet music, posters, stock certificates, post cards, cigarette cards, magazines, catalogs, and the like.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Political Campaign Buttons

Madeline had a beautiful old tole metal box filled with all kinds of campaign buttons.  Whenever she went antiquing with us we knew we could find her either at the old jewelry or the old campaign buttons.  It was fun to go through her collection to see what she really had.  Here are some pics:

She had several copies of some of these Reagan buttons (no surprise!).

Also several of Bush 41.

Some of these are unusual.  James Farmer was her Dad and he was Mayor of Keene, NH and ran for Governor.

Alan Keyes did not have much of a budget!  I know she only acquired the Kennedy button for historical purposes.

I don't know who Crane was but Peabody and King were MA candidates.  Love the "Coming Soon Republicans 1982".  We need to resurrect that one for 2012.

And just because Madeline had such a great sense of  humor:

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