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
Object Type
date made
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Willkie, Wendell L.
Physical Description
feather (overall material)
red, yellow (overall color)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 3.175 cm x 17.145 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
David H. Ashby, Jr.
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
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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