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Charles Curtis political button

Charles Curtis political button
Date: 1893
Small political campaign button featuring Charles Curtis. Born in Topeka, Kansas, Curtis served in the United States Congress and was later elected Vice President. He was the first individual of American Indian ancestry to reach that high office. This button depicts a very young Curtis and was probably used in his early campaigns for the Kansas seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Eisenhower political button

Eisenhower political button
Date: 1952
this large red, white, and blue button promoted the presidential campaign of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Originally from Abilene, Kansas, Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and later the 34th President of the United States. The phrase "I like Ike" was a clever play on Eisenhower's name and proved popular during his 1952 campaign. Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, Kansas.


Kassebaum Political button

Kassebaum Political button
Date: 1978
Green and yellow campaign button promoting Senator Nancy Kassebaum. The button reads, "A Legacy of Kansas Leadership." It was used for Kassebaum's 1978 election to the United States Senate. The daughter of Kansas Governor Alf Landon, Kassebaum was born in Topeka in 1932. The button depicts photographs of Landon and Kassebaum, and the sunflower motif resembles material used by Landon in his 1936 presidential campaign. Kassebaum won the 1978 election and served three terms in the U.S. Senate.


Kassebaum political button

Kassebaum political button
Creator: Western Associates
Date: 1990
Campaign button for Senator Nancy Kassebaum that reads, "Run Nancy Run." In 1990, Kassebaum supporters wore these buttons to encourage her run for a third term in the United States Senate. The daughter of Kansas Governor Alf Landon, Kassebaum was born in Topeka in 1932. She served three terms in the U.S. Senate between 1978 and 1997. Randy Duncan of Western Associates in Salina, Kansas, produced the button in 1990.


Prohibition button

Prohibition button
Creator: Van Deusen Advertising Company
Date: between 1940 and 1949
Small blue and white enameled pin promoting Prohibition. Designed by the Van Deusen Advertising Company of Kansas City, Missouri, and made by Geraghty & Company of Chicago, Illinois. The button probably was used during the 1948 campaign to retain Prohibition in Kansas. Starting in 1880, Kansas established some of the most restrictive liquor laws in the nation. These laws were maintained even after the repeal of federal Prohibition. In 1948, Prohibition ended in Kansas and individual counties were allowed to determine if alcohol would be permitted. Counties allowing alcohol were referred to as "wet" and counties restricting alcohol were called "dry."


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