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Anti-Roosevelt, pro-Willkie 1940 presidential campaign button

Object | Accession Number: 2015.238.37

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Anti-Roosevelt, pro-Willkie campaign button for the 1940 Presidential Election. Several variations of this button were manufactured at a rapid pace. Some had different background colors, while others had different text size and font styles. The campaign button was used to build awareness, and encourage positive word of mouth for the Republican challenger, Wendell Willkie, while simultaneously discouraging support for the Democratic incumbent, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). FDR was running for an unprecedented third term, which was a major factor the Republicans pressed during the campaign. Willkie also challenged FDR’s New Deal policies and his approach to the ongoing World War. After Willkie was defeated by FDR, he became an ally of the President. Willkie called for greater national support for the Lend-Lease Act, embarked on a new campaign to awaken America from its isolationist slumber and urged unlimited aid to Britain in its struggle against Nazi Germany.
    Date
    manufacture:  approximately 1940
    Geography
    distribution: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Forrest James Robinson, Jr.
    Markings
    front, printed, black ink : ROOSEVELT / GOODBYE / HELLO / WILKIE

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Badges
    Physical Description
    Circular, mustard yellow colored, metal pin back button. The front is flat with rounded edges and 4 lines of black English text. The back is silver colored, concave and has a vertical, thin, metal pin with a pointed bottom end. There are several, small surface rust spots on the back.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.375 inches (3.493 cm) | Width: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal, ink

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    United States.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The political button was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017 by Forrest Robinson Jr.
    Record last modified:
    2024-03-19 09:55:15
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