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    John F. Kennedy: Rare "Democracy for Jack Kennedy" Button. Quoting Kennedy specialist Harvey Goldberg: "What are the best (or top ten) Kennedy pins?" This 3 1/2" rarity would certainly be near the very top. This button is part of a set called "The Big Four" and was made by long time Kennedy friend Frank Allen, an owner of an advertising and paper company in New York. Allen started out making pens promoting Kennedy for senator in the 1950s which then lead him to make pens for JFK's 1960 presidential race. Allen is also responsible for creating the PT-109 pins for the 1960 campaign. Allen then decided to make buttons that would stand out from the others being manufactured. The results were four 3 1/2" buttons, now known as "The Big Four." They include "It Seems To Me It's Kennedy, "I'm Gone For John," "Give The Key To Kennedy," and the example we are offering- "Democracy For Jack Kennedy." As the story goes, Allen brought the buttons up to Hyannis, Ma. to show them to the Kennedy patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. When he saw the buttons, he became quite angry. He is said to have stated, "My son is going to be the next President of the United States! You can't use ugly pictures like this!" He was likely referring to the "I'm Gone for John" button. He also found the "Jack Kennedy" on the Democracy button objectionable stating, "Nobody calls the next President Jack- except his family!" It is said Kennedy threw the buttons across the room and said he never wanted to see them again.

    These buttons were produced in sample quantities only, and apparently no more than 36 were actually made. The present example, in our opinion, is the most attractive, having a profile image of JFK with the Capitol Building in the distance. It is interesting to note that the image used on this button was taken while JFK was on the campaign trail in Nebraska. This example is in excellent condition and would be the centerpiece for any Kennedy specialist. As a note, an example recently sold in an Anderson Americana Auction on April 27, 2021, lot #50, realizing $35,650.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2021
    25th-26th Saturday-Sunday
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