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Catalog Number 13165-3
Title Button, Political; William Jennings Bryan
Object Name Button, Campaign
Description 1896 presidential campaign button for William Jennings Bryan. On the front of the button is a silver background. There is a black & white photograph of the bust of Bryan encompassed by double lined silver circle with black outline. Above the picture is a red, white and blue ribbon tied in a bow with two long tails on either side of the photograph. The back of the button has a stick pin with no clasp and some text printed by the manufacturer: "ALLIED PRINTING TRADES UNION LABEL COUNCIL 3 NEWARK" "Buttons made by The Whitehead & Hoag Co. Newark, N. J., U. S. A. Pat. April 14, 1896, July 21, 1896." Attached to the button is a note written on white cardstock by the donor that reads, "William Jennings Bryan His 1896 Campaign for President. He was 36 years old. Shortly before his nomination he was Editor of the now Omaha World Herald."
Date 1896
Material Metal, Paper, Celluloid
Made The Whitehead & Hoag Co.
Place of Origin USA: New Jersey, Newark
Makers mark Button made by The Whitehead & Hoag Co. Newark, N.J., U. S. A. Pat. April 14,1896, July 21, 1896.
Diameter (in) 1.25
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.