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Buttons In Politics
- Jul 13, 2017 -

Buttons in politics

 

I think it's very surprise When i heard this topic at first, what does mean "Buttons in politics in American."In fact, it is very easy to understand.

The mainly American tradition of politically significant clothing buttons appears to have begun with the first presidential inauguration of George Washington in 1789. Known to collectors as "Washington Inaugurals",they were made of copper, brass or Sheffield plate, in large sizes for coats and smaller sizes for breeches.Made in twenty-two patterns and hand-stamped, they are now extremely valuable cultural artifacts.

 

Between about 1840 and 1916, clothing buttons were used in American political campaigns, and still exist in collections today. Initially, these buttons were predominantly made of brass (though horn and rubber buttons with stamped or moulded designs also exist) and had loop shanks. Around 1860 the badge or pin-back style of construction, which replaced the shanks with long pins, probably for use on lapels and ties, began to appear.

 

One common practice that survived until recent times on campaign buttons and badges was to include the image of George Washington with that of the candidate in question.

 

Some of the most famous campaign buttons are those made for Abraham Lincoln. Memorial buttons commemorating Lincoln's inaugurations and other life events, including his birth and death, were also made, and are also considered highly collectible.

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