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    Alfred E. Smith: Rare Michigan Coat-tail Jugate. Although coattail buttons were used extensively throughout 20th-century political campaigns, it seems that Al Smith's chances for election were so slim that only one coattail jugate was issued. This 1 ¾" x 1 ¼" oval celluloid in a brass frame shows Smith and Bill Comstock, the Democratic candidate for governor of Michigan. It was issued for a one-day convention in Grand Rapids and was saved by the consignor's grandfather who threw it in a glass jar where it remained until now. This example does have a surface scratch which runs from the union bug to the letter "B" in "Bill." It remains a particularly clean example. We were able to locate two auction appearances in the last fifteen years where the final price was $3,500 on both occasions.

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    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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