Winning Political Memorabilia From Losing Campaigns

With the end of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, the campaign swag and the items she inspired have become memorabilia. You can bid on any number of unique political relics on eBay.

Clinton may not be running the country next year, but she can govern your desk with this clock.

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You can pick Clinton anytime with this guitar pick necklace. And if your dog refuses to concede defeat, you can give him a "Boston Terriers for Hillary" pin.

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For a classy decoration, try an original oil painting of Clinton (John McCain and Barack Obama also available).

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Also, one eBay vendor sells "Dream Team" buttons, featuring an Obama-Clinton ticket. (No word on whether that mystery vendor is Hillary herself.)
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According to the Smithsonian, ever since Andrew Jackson's successful bid for the 1828 presidential election, candidates have campaigned with buttons, snuff boxes and other novelties.

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One of his campaign medals made it to eBay.

In case Clinton and Jackson have you feeling nostalgic for other campaigns, a number of older political artifacts are also available for sale.

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Cuddle up with an Al Gore 2000 campaign Beanie Baby while wearing a 1988 Al Gore for President button.

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Make donkey sounds by pressing a button on a John Kerry 2004 doll.

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Say "It's Time for a Change" like you mean it with a Bob Dole 1996 campaign pocket knife. Or say "It's Time for a Change" more gently with a Dukakis-Bentsen 1988 campaign thimble.

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When you're done shopping, enjoy a can of Barry Goldwater "Gold Water"—"the Right Drink for the Conservative Taste."

If you find it difficult to put a monetary value on any of these goodies, the American Political Items Collectors organization (http://apic.us) or the recently published Warman's Political Collectibles guide may be helpful.

Is anyone holding on to campaign memorabilia from a previous election cycle?

A New Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bobblehead Is Available for Pre-Order

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

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The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a devout champion for feminism and civil rights, and her influence stretched from the halls of the Supreme Court to the forefront of popular culture, where she affectionately became known as the Notorious RBG. Though there are plenty of public tributes planned for Ginsburg in the wake of her passing, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has a new RBG bobblehead ($25) available for pre-order so you can honor her in your own home.

There are two versions of the bobblehead available, one of Ginsburg smiling and another with a more serious expression. Not only do the bobbleheads feature her in her Supreme Court black robe, but eagle-eyed fans will see she is wearing one for her iconic coded collars and her classic earrings.

RBG is far from the only American icon bobblehead that the Hall of Fame store has produced in such minute detail. They also have bobbleheads of Abraham Lincoln ($30), Theodore Roosevelt ($30), Alexander Hamilton ($30), and dozens of others.

For more information on the RBG bobblehead, head here. Shipments will hopefully be sent out by December 2020 while supplies last.

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100 Years Later, the Story of Florida’s Ocoee Massacre—an Election Day Attack on Black Citizens—Is Finally Being Told

Courtesy of Orange County Regional History Center
Courtesy of Orange County Regional History Center

The bloodiest Election Day in the history of the United States is a story many Americans have never heard. On November 2, 1920, the day of the U.S. presidential election, a white mob attacked a Black neighborhood in the city of Ocoee, Florida. Now, the story of the Ocoee Massacre is being told in a new museum exhibition for its 100-year anniversary, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The exhibit, titled "Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920,” is now on display at the Orange County Regional History Center in Downtown Orlando. It examines what the museum calls "the largest incident of voting-day violence in United States history."

On November 2, 1920, a black labor broker named Moses Norman attempted to vote in what is now Ocoee, only to be turned away when he didn't pay the $1 poll tax. He returned later that day to attempt to vote again, and this time his persistence caught the attention of local Ku Klux Klan members.

Knowing his actions had provoked anger, Norman fled town. A mob of armed white men went to the home of his friend July Perry that night while searching for him. Perry, a fellow labor broker, was 50 years old and had been involved in civic activities like registering more Black citizens to vote. Sha’Ron Cooley McWhite, Perry's great niece, told the Orlando Sentinel that his bravery and activism likely made him a target for white supremacists.

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The confrontation at Perry's home led to a shootout and ended with the mob capturing Perry and lynching him. The violence raged in the Black neighborhood throughout the night. By morning, the mob of 250 had burned down 22 homes and two churches and murdered dozens of Black residents.

Like many tragedies suffered by Black communities in U.S. history, the story of the Ocoee Massacre is not widely known. Poor record-keeping and intentional suppression of the news has left historians with an incomplete picture of exactly what happened that night. The Orange County Regional History Center had to collect land records, written reports, and oral histories to recount the event in depth.

"Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920” is on display at the Orange County Regional History Center now through February 14, 2021.

[h/t Orlando Sentinel]