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Wendell Willkie & Anti-Roosevelt Campaign Pinbacks & Memorabilia, 140+ Pcs

An unique collection of over 140 pieces of campaign memorabilia related to Republican Party presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, who attempted to ouster Democratic Party incumbent Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. Pieces include pinback buttons, coattail buttons, lapel pins, and interesting three-dimensional items. Displayed in an aesthetically pleasing montage on a black felt-covered mat measuring 24.375" x 16.5". The lot comes with an optional wooden and glass showcase behind which the mat was originally displayed. There are many gems in this completely unpicked collection waiting to be discovered! Provenance: From the lifelong collection of a Greenwich, Connecticut gentleman.

FDR's bid for an unprecedented third term provided ample fodder for Willkie, who characterized the former as an anti-democratic monarchist or dictator. Buttons popularizing this theme can be seen here, such as "No Crown for Franklin"; "No Royal Family"; "Dictator? Not for Us"; and "Third International, Third Reich, Third Term???"

Unusual three-dimensional items among the lot include: a Miami County Ohio "Willkie Bricker" trading chip; a "Wendell Lewis Willkie For Defence and Security" trading stamp; and enameled red, white, and blue lapel pins. Campaign memorabilia represented special interest groups, such as Constitutionalists and Indianans. Expected wear throughout commensurate with age including isolated fading. The "Our Next President Wendell Lewis Willkie" button at center is cracked. Else near fine.

Candidates whose images or names are featured include:

- Wendell Willkie & Charles L. McNary (1940)

- Eleanor Willkie (1940)

- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1940)

- Eleanor Roosevelt (1940)

- Glenn R. Hillis for Governor of Indiana (1940)

- Raymond E. Willis for U.S. Senator from Indiana (1940)

- Robert O. Blood for Governor of New Hampshire (1940)

- Foster Waterman Stearns for U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire (1940)

- Horace T. Cahill for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (1940)

- Henry Parkman, Jr. for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1940)

- Dwight H. Green for Governor of Illinois (1940)

- C. Wayland Brooks for U.S. Senator from Illinois (1940)

- John W. Bricker for Governor of Ohio (1940)

- Harold H. Burton for U.S. Senator from Ohio (1940)

- Robert C. Hendrickson for Governor of New Jersey (1940)

- William Warren Barbour for U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1940)

A preliminary examination revealed the following highlights:

- "I'll bet My [Ass] on Willkie" button, similar one sold for $49 in 2013

- "New Deal Waste Basket" button sold for $40 in 2017

- "Worst Public Administration" button sold for $37 in 2018

- "Hi-Yo Wendell, Franklin Away" button sold for $35 in 2007

- "Which Means Me Votee for Willkie Too" button sold for $29 in 2018

**PLEASE NOTE: This lot will require third party shipping due to the delicate nature of how the buttons are mounted.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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August 19, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

Wilton, CT, US

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