Tumbler celebrating the nomination of Wendell Willkie for president by the Republican Party, 1940. Clear glass with printed design. Willkie is pictured on one side; other side reads: WENDELL L.WILLKIE / "Acceptance Speech"
/ Aug. 17, 1940 / ELMWOOD, IND.
Willkie was the last major party nominee to follow the tradition of awaiting the verdict of the convention, and delivering his acceptance speech at a ceremony held at another location. His opponent, President Franklin Roosevelt, had raised eyebrows by breaking the tradition, appearing before the convention to accept the nomination. This glass is a souvenir of Willkie's notification ceremony, held in his home town. Flawless example.