Matchbook case, Dwight Eisenhower, 1952

Matchbook case, Dwight Eisenhower, 1952

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William Howard Taft was the first presidential candidate to print matchbooks (first patented in 1892) and they were a common campaign giveaway for decades. This decorative metal case for Dwight Eisenhower’s 1952 campaign was designed to hold a book of safety matches. The opening under his nickname “Ike” provided access to the matchbook’s striker strip. Eisenhower, the Republican candidate in 1952 and 1956, defeated his Democratic opponent Adlai Stevenson both times.
Object Name
Matchbook Cover
associated person
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
gold (overall color)
overall: 2 in x 1 3/4 in x 1/4 in; 5.08 cm x 4.445 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
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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