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Belt buckle, Ronald Reagan, 1980

Belt buckle, Ronald Reagan, 1980

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Description
Former governor of California Ronald Reagan, the 1980 Republican presidential candidate, chose George H.W. Bush, his chief competitor for the nomination, to be his running mate. Although they had disagreed on several substantive issues, when asked to join the ticket Bush assured Reagan that he would support the Republican platform in its entirety. Reagan and Bush defeated their Democratic opponents President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale by almost ten percentage points. This was the biggest deficit suffered by an incumbent president since President Herbert Hoover lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt by more than 17 percentage points in 1932. John Anderson and Patrick Lucey (Independent) also lost to Reagan, finishing a distant third.
Object Name
Buckle, Belt
Date made
1980
associated date
1980
associated person
Reagan, Ronald
Bush, George
associated institution
Republican National Party
maker
Sterken Adv. Co.
place made
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Physical Description
metal, brass (overall material)
brownish gold (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
1981.0490.01
accession number
1981.0490
catalog number
1981.0490.01
Credit Line
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
subject
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
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I have 2 of these belt buckles which I received in 1980 at the convention in NOLA. I don't know if they are rare or if they're worth anything, but I've held onto them with the memories of that night.
Hi, These do not pop up often. To someone who loves President Reagan the man, this buckle would be nice to have and wear. I did find a new one listed and paid, I think, $45.00. The one from 1984 with the President and VP George Bush shown on opposite ends of the buckle has eluded me, but I am hopeful as someone who will wear it proudly as a volunteer at the Reagan Ranch Center. The one like yours always brings smiles. All the best and nice to see your passion!

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