Wendell Willkie: Rare JOE AND I WANT WILLKIE Joe Louis pinback
Wendell Willkie: Rare JOE AND I WANT WILLKIE Joe Louis pinback

Wendell Willkie: Rare JOE AND I WANT WILLKIE Joe Louis pinback

Price: $525.00
Pinback button promoting Wendell Willkie for president, with endorsement of heavyweight boxer Joe Louis, 1940.
Catalog No: 19815
Availability: In Stock.
SIZE: 1.25 in.
GRADE: Choice/XF

Pinback button promoting Wendell Willkie for president, with endorsement of heavyweight boxer Joe Louis, 1940. No maker mark.

Joe Louis not only was a heavyweight champion, but also a pioneer of sorts when it came to sports heroes making political endorsements. Louis endorsed the Republican in the 1940 election, saying: "I have never come out for any candidate before but I think Wendell L. Willkie will give us a square deal. So I am for Willkie because I think he will help my people, and I figure my people should be for him, too." Louis later suffered intense scrutiny by the IRS, some believe as a result of his bold political stances.

A handful of pinbacks were issued by the Willkie campaign to celebrate the boxer's support, and all are scarce. A near pristine example of one of the classics!

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