I am a big fan of presidential campaign memorabilia,especially the buttons. I started when very young and built up a pretty good collection including Lincoln ferro types and my prize an Blaine for president flag banner which came from an old barn in Maine. One thing I did not have was a selection from the 1924 campaign of John W. Davis however.
That was because they are extremely difficult to find and very expensive. the Davis campaign was beaten before it started and clearly the Democrats decided they would not put much effort into promoting him so unlike e.g. the Bryan or McKinley campaigns which saw a veritable flood of items there are very few Davis pieces extant.
Thus I am delighted to have found a museum collection of Davis items which include a whole range of subjects most of which I have never seen and I doubt if many others, including serious collectors, would have seen them. I would imagine the collection would be worth upwards of a quarter of a million dollars with so many rare items but that is only part of the story of course.
I congratulate the Davis museum people on their great work and thank them for bringing it to the wider pubic. If you have any interest in election campaigns I am sure you will find the museum of interest and this previously obscure piece of Americana give new life. I posted previous articles on the McGovern and Parker campaign memorabilia for those interested in such matter at the links.
See the Davis collection by clicking on "ENTER THE MUSUEM" at the link below
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