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This Is Uncomfortable

The history of dirty politics as told through campaign buttons

Marketplace Contributor Oct 14, 2016
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Courtesy Will Roland

In elections before the internet, before television and before radio, there was the campaign lapel pin and the button.

Today in New York, there’s an auction of a treasure trove of these buttons from the Dr. Alan York collection. York was an optometrist and avid collector of political paraphernalia.  

Dr. Alan York.

Dr. Alan York.

Looking at the buttons’ campaign slogans, one is reminded that elections in the past went low. Opponents of Franklin D. Roosevelt likened him to Hitler, and campaign pins showed elephants and donkeys engaging in lewd behavior. 

Will Roland, who helps run Roland Auctions, joined us to talk about the country’s past political climate. 

On the extreme comparisons used by Roosevelt’s opponents: 

I know everyone’s freaking out about how vitriolic it is and how hateful everyone sounds. This is nothing. You know, FDR was elected four times and they, every time, produced millions and millions and millions of buttons that are like, “Don’t vote until you’ve seen ‘The Great Dictator.’” And they’re literally calling FDR Hitler, while Hitler is in power. I mean they’re just, they’re insane.

On Roosevelt’s campaign materials when he ran for the Senate: 

We have cool ones, like we have FDR’s New York State Senate bid. It’s the only election that he ever lost. It was the very first thing he ever ran for and he lost his bid for the New York State Senate. And he looks very young in the button.

On the 1940 U.S. presidential election:

When FDR was running against [Wendell] Willkie in 1940, the GOP manufactured millions of buttons. The Democrats started to put out a button that said, “All you get from Willkie are buttons.”

A series of pro-Wendell Willkie and anti-Franklin D. Roosevelt buttons.

A series of pro-Wendell Willkie and anti-Franklin D. Roosevelt buttons.

Click the above audio player to hear the full interview.  

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