Prominent also-rans re-emerge to vie for your consideration, with this 1936-1948 presidential campaign pin, badge and promo lot of (52). This vintage collection represents the campaigns of presidential hopefuls Alf Landon and Thomas E. Dewey, who both tried to unseat our nation's only four-term president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Landon was a one-term Governor of Kansas, who withdrew for the political arena in 1937 and lived to the ripe old age of one hundred. A determined prosecutor who took on organized crime during the 1930s-1940s, Dewey washed out in the 1940 primary, but came close in 1944 against FDR and suffered the biggest and most famous upset in American political history, with his surprising loss to Harry Truman in 1948. This nicely preserved collection ranges as (80% EX to NM, 20% VG to VG-EX).
All (30) of the Landon items date from 1936 and many also bear the name of his running mate Frank Knox. Among the Landon items are: (5) pins with felt sunflower petals; (1) badge bar with an elephant dangling charm; (1) brass pin; (2) pins with metal sunflower petals; (1) tin badge with foldover tab intact; (4) large size paper sunflowers; (1) larger white button pin; and (15) smaller brown button pins.
The (22) Dewey items date from his 1944 and 1948 presidential campaigns, and also his successful 1942 run for governor of New York, including examples with his 1944 running mate John W. Bricker, his 1948 running mate Earl Warren and his New York Lt. Governor Joe R. Hanley. Altogether the Dewey contingent consists of: (7) photo pins; (4) plastic elephant charms; (1) tin badge; (2) larger slogan pins; (8) assorted smaller button pins.