24 Democratic Presidential Campaign Buttons 1968-1980
LBJ's landslide victory over Goldwater in 1964 ended an era. By the time of the next campaign in 1968, most Americans blamed chaos in our cities, the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll of our youth and our failures in Vietnam on liberalism embodied by LBJ. Richard Nixon understood these resentments and turned them into a 1968 victory over Humphrey by 301 electoral votes to 191. Four years later, Nixon defeated McGovern by an even larger margin. By 1976, the Watergate scandals and Nixon's impeachment allowed Carted to narrowly defeat Ford 297 electoral votes to 241 but by 1980, aided by the Iran hostage crisis, the Republican revolution headed by Ronald Reagan was on track.
This collection includes four buttons for HHH including one reflecting the party turmoil during 1968 primaries that reads "McCarthy Supporters For Humphrey Now." From 1971 and 1972 are six anti-Nixon/Agnew buttons including one from the Communist newspaper "The Worker" reading "Throw The Bum Out." Seven McGovern buttons from 1972 include the historic "McGovern/Eagleton" name button one of only a couple authentic name button designs produced before Eagleton was replaced by Shriver as V.P. candidate. Carter is represented by six 1976 buttons and one 1980 re-election name button.
Button sizes range from 1-1/8" to 2-1/4". Five lithos may have tiny, essentially unavoidable, traces of paint wear but remain Excellent to Near Mint. Nineteen celluloids are essentially Mint. Numerous scarce and popular designs are included in this group. Individually, we conservatively estimate their retail value in the $150.00 range. Our special price is $100.00
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