A prodigious array of political paraphernalia

A prodigious array of political paraphernalia

The final decades of the 19th century produced a prodigious array of political paraphernalia, and despite being in the business over 20 years, we are still discovering items we never knew existed. Case in point, the pair of acid-etched glass
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A mid-century assemblage

A mid-century assemblage

This month we have a selection of items from the high water mark of the last century, from Roosevelt to Kennedy. In terms of material culture, this period offers collectors lots of options, from buttons to automobile accessories. Primary colors
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The Great Commoner and contemporaries

The Great Commoner and contemporaries

William Jennings Bryan, the great populist orator and three-time Democratic presidential standard-bearer, takes center stage in this month's offerings. "The Great Commoner" was also known as "The Anti-Trust Champion" and that moniker appears on a
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A selection for the advanced collector

A selection for the advanced collector

For our inaugural catalog update of 2021, we have a selection geared to the advanced collector, with items of both quality and rarity. Among the highlights: Classic Theodore Roosevelt pinback featuring Teddy as the sun rising over America, Uncle
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Gilded Age gelt

Gilded Age gelt

In time for Hanukkah, we have some gold, or rather gilded items from the Gilded Age, the period in the late 19th century known for great but superficial opulence, as well as "badges bright and flamboyant" to quote Edmund Sullivan. We offer a few
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Another 20th century rewind

Another 20th century rewind

This month we offer a diverse selection of items from the last century. Everything from the woman suffrage movement, to home front and civil rights, along with items from the presidential campaigns of most of the major candidates from the 1920s
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 Rough Riders, three Bills, and Uncle Joe

Rough Riders, three Bills, and Uncle Joe

First, we want to express our condolences to the family of legendary political button auctioneer Al Anderson, who passed away earlier in the week after a lengthy battle with cancer. Like many of you, we followed his quarterly auctions for
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Old Hickory, Long Abe, Little Mac, and The Pathfinder

Old Hickory, Long Abe, Little Mac, and The Pathfinder

The 19th century was the heyday of nicknames. Nearly every national political leader had one, not bestowed derisively or with sarcasm as we often see today, but with affection by supporters. The practice goes at least back to Andrew Jackson being
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Between the Wars: Political artifacts of the 1920s and '30s

Between the Wars: Political artifacts of the 1920s and '30s

With this update we feature over 60 political buttons and items from the 1920s and 1930s, the two decades "between the wars" and the era of Cox and Harding, Coolidge and Davis, Hoover and Smith, and FDR and his first two Republican challengers,
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Campaigns of the Golden Era

Campaigns of the Golden Era

We have a nice selection of Golden Era celluloids and badges this month, a period defined by political button enthusiasts to date from 1896 to 1916. TR, Parker, Taft and Bryan are well represented, and if some of these are considered "standard"
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20th century rewind

20th century rewind

This month's new listings feature a selection of mostly late 20th century items, including some top drawer JFK buttons. Eisenhower, Nixon, LBJ, Goldwater and McGovern are also represented, along with some lesser aspirants to the White House,
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Canal Boys, Plumed Knights and Gold Bugs

Canal Boys, Plumed Knights and Gold Bugs

We have a fun selection of items dating from the final decades of the 19th century, 1880 to 1900, with material from the campaigns of Garfield and Hancock, Cleveland, Blaine and Harrison, and William McKinley. It was, in the always apposite words
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Franklin Roosevelt and his Republican rivals

Franklin Roosevelt and his Republican rivals

This catalog update features over 80 new items, all from the campaigns of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Republicans who challenged him, Alfred Landon (1936), Wendell Willkie (1940), and Thomas Dewey (1944). Most are from a single collection
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Blast from the past

Blast from the past

Last week Victor finalized the purchase of a significant collection of political buttons, ribbons and badges, almost all Eisenhower and earlier. The collection included many items we have never offered, but first we are highlighting the many
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The crisis, continued

Last week the governor of Arizona issued a "stay at home" order, and it became more restrictive over the weekend. This week, the CDC recommends everyone stay at home unless absolutely necessary. While we are not directly impacted by the
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New additions to the catalog

New additions to the catalog

Our March update features 38 new items, ranging from a rare and superb Hayes-Wheeler jugate ferrotype badge, to fun and inexpensive items like a "Wet" anti-Prohibition beer mug pin, to classics like a Bryan Safe pinback, to the obscure, like a 1908 hopeful Teddy Roosevelt postcard. Also, about 20 items were restocked, and don't forget to check Bargain Bin and Collection Builder for values. Enjoy!
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Our plan for the crisis

We were expecting to return to business as usual today, but the world changed while we were out. We're going to make the best of the situation, and hopefully you will see no interruption in service. As a small mail order company, we don't anticipate being as impacted as businesses that rely on foot traffic. But we rely on many other businesses, small and large, for services and supplies, as well as our shipping partners. If these services are interrupted, or there is an area, state or national quarantine or curfew, we may be forced to temporarily suspend operations. Check here for the latest, and stay well.
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Office will be closed March 10-15

We are taking a short break and will be closed the remainder of the week, reopening Monday, March 16. Orders placed during our absence will ship no later than Tuesday, March 17. We will monitor messages, and respond to anything urgent while away. Thank you!
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Victor at Arizona APIC show in Chandler

Victor will have tables at the annual Arizona chapter meeting of American Political Items Collectors in Chandler, Arizona, Saturday, March 7 from 9 AM to 3 PM. For more info about the show, click here.
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New website has launched!

The new LegacyAmericana.com is now live! We are working with the development team to iron out any bugs, but so far everything seems to be running smoothly. Let us know if you encounter any issues, and we welcome your feedback, good or bad. It's our goal to provide customers with a pleasant online experience, with seamless navigation, from the homepage to the final page of checkout. We'll continue working to improve, and we thank you for your continued support. Some of you have been with us since our first website launched in 1999, and there has been a lot of change in 20 years, but essentially we are same company, dedicated above all to quality, education, and customer service.
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