Novelty, Wendell Willkie, 1940

Novelty, Wendell Willkie, 1940

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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.
Object Name
Feather
Object Type
feather
date made
1940
associated person
Willkie, Wendell L.
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
ID Number
PL.280401.01
catalog number
280401.01
accession number
280401
Credit Line
David H. Ashby, Jr.
subject
Political Campaigns
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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
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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