Novelty, Wendell Willkie, 1940


Political historian Roger A. Fischer claims that the 1940 election between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his Republican challenger Wendell Willkie “inspired a volume and variety of campaign objects without equal in American history.” Many Republican objects featured alliterative phrases that took advantage of the W’s in their candidate’s name. Among the more unusual campaign tokens that year were feathers which Willkie supporters could use in a variety of ways including sticking them in their hats. Catchy phrases and novelty items did not help Willkie defeat President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was re-elected to a historic third term.

Date Made: 1940

Associated Person: Willkie, Wendell L.

General Subject Association: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: David H. Ashby, Jr.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.280401.01Catalog Number: 280401.01Accession Number: 280401

Object Name: FeatherObject Type: feather

Physical Description: feather (overall material)red, yellow (overall color)Measurements: overall: 1 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 3.175 cm x 17.145 cm


Record Id: nmah_492336

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