Five (5) Wendell Lewis Willkie and Charles L. McNary presidential campaign pinback buttons, 1940. 1st item: "WILLKIE McNARY AND CHEMURGY" button, depicting a green and yellow landscape with images of a factory, plane, car, and house with a field below red lettering against a blue background. Maker's marks, lower edge. Does not retain back paper. 1 1/4" dia. 2nd item: "JOE and I For WILLKIE" button, depicting a bust portrait of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis with black lettering centered above and below against a white background. Retains St. Louis Button Company, St. Louis, MO back paper. 1 1/4" dia. 3rd item: "THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE" button, depicting jugate bust portrait vignettes of the candidates flanking an American flag with red lettering centered above against and off white background with a patriotic border. Copyright 1940 lower edge. Maker's marks, reverse. 1" dia. 4th item: Anti Eleanor Roosevelt "PROJECT #UMP-000" button, depicting an image of a shack or outhouse against a white background with black lettering reading "SPONSORED BY" surrounded by white lettering against a black border. Maker's marks, lower left and right. 1 3/4" dia. 5th item: G.O.P Women Shawnee County button, depicting an elephant with white lettering reading "Life begins in '40" centered above against a red background, with black lettering reading "WIN WITH WILKIE" centered above with additional lettering centered below against an off white background. Copyright and maker's marks, lower right. 1 1/2" dia. Provenance: Private Southern estate. CONDITION: Overall good condition with light surface scratches. Some with rust, areas of pepper pitting, largest 1/2", to metal.
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