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Catalog Number 13165-2
Title Button, Political; William Jennings Bryan
Object Name Button, Campaign
Description This is a very large picture button with a sepia photograph of a bust of William Jennings Bryan and thin celluloid protective covering over the button. The back of the button is a gold metal(perhaps brass) and there is a hole at the top of the button that looks like it was used for hanging. Approx. 1.5 inches below that hole are two slots that come out of the button to be used as some type of fastener. On the button now is part of a wire hanger fashioned to make a stand for the button and a piece of twill tape wrapped loosely around the hanger. In the center of the back "MADE BY CRUVER MFG CO - CHICAGO" is engraved in a circle.
Year Range from 1896
Year Range to 1904
Material Metal, Paper, Celluloid, wire hanger
Made Cruver MFG CO
Place of Origin USA: Illinois, Chicago
Diameter (in) 9
People Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Event Presidential Election
History The first buttons that were used extensively for campaigning appeared in the 1896 presidential campaign between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. They were made by placing a thin piece of celluloid protective covering over paper and then wrapping it around a metal disk. Many colorful designs were created during the golden age (1896 - 1916) of campaign buttons.

Credit line Beth H. Smith, Papillion, Nebraska
Collection Smith, Beth H.