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    Harry S Truman: Profoundly Rare 1" Lithographed Tin Pinback Button. Among the more "recent" presidential nominees, Truman has long been the most avidly collected and most highly valued by hobbyists. For some, his appeal was his irascible personality, for others, his dramatic comeback win in the 1948 campaign. With the exception of a handful of widely distributed designs, Truman buttons have always been scarce. This may well be due to the widespread presumption that Thomas Dewey had locked up the presidency long before the 1948 election took place. Doomed candidacies have always had trouble raising contributions, and a shortage of funds undoubtedly contributed to the paucity of Truman campaign novelties.

    Despite their scarcity, Truman button varieties have long been well-documented. We cannot recall the last time we encountered a Truman picture pin of a completely new and different design. And yet, here we have one: a highly distinctive 1" litho made by L. J. Imber Co. of Chicago! The provenance of this particular button is highly impressive. It comes from the estate of John W. Snyder, who was Truman's Secretary of the Treasury, and was found with one of Snyder's calling cards, which is included with the lot. Choice condition, rarely encountered in such a lithographed tin pinback.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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