Collecting Historical and Political Memorabilia
Ever since the 1789 Inauguration of George Washington, presidential memorabilia has been popular to collect, and this enthusiasm continues to this day. Many of these fine collectibles have become family heirlooms and have been passed down from generation to generation, while some historical items have made their way into museums and historical centers across the country.
Back in 1789 during his inauguration, George Washington wore clothing buttons, each with an eagle on it. Vendors during that time sold clothing buttons very similar to the ones worn by Washington so that the general population could have the opportunity to collect such items. This tradition of collecting political memorabilia is not only part of history the tradition lives on even today! If you or your family is lucky enough to own one of the original George Washington campaign buttons, know that some are worth up to $5,000 or more.
As you can see, collecting is not only fun, but it is profitable as well! The election of 1896 saw the creation of the first celluloid political campaign pin back buttons. The Golden Era of campaign buttons from 1896 to 1916 saw some of the highest quality campaign buttons come on the market. We have many of these rare pieces on our website. In the last 20-50 years, however, the candidates discovered that people all over the country collect campaign buttons, so they all started mass producing them in huge quantities during each election cycle. These have become the heart of all Presidential campaigns ever since. While there has been some fine items made in the last 50 years, very few of the campaign buttons matched the quality of the buttons produced during the Golden Era.
Everything on this site is a historical item and everything is original. A great place for new collectors is in the campaign buttons section. Think of all the presidents you admire and purchase one of the items from that election year.