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    McKinley & Roosevelt: One of the Rarest and Loveliest "Dinner Bucket" Jugate Designs. Representations of gold and silver coins above and below the portraits, while in the center is a small dinner pail marked "4 yrs of Full Dinner Pail." For devotees of contemporary American politics, it may be difficult to imagine the Republican Party of 1900 with its widespread support from working men. The Republicans have long been the party of Protection to American industry and hence of American jobs. To make matters worse, when the candidate of the Democratic "Free Traders," Grover Cleveland, won the 1892 election, he had barely entered office when the country was plunged into a major economic depression. Whether its reversal was coincidental or the result of Republican policies, it was nonetheless the case that the country enjoyed an economic resurgence in the late 1890s under the Republican leadership of William McKinley. When McKinley ran for reelection in 1900, one of the most ubiquitous campaign symbols was a full dinner bucket symbolizing the return of American prosperity. A number of 1900 campaign button designs reflect this theme, and the present variety is one of the most sought after. Magnificent condition, with rich, deep, and consistent sepia background rarely encountered a designs of this type. The celluloid surface is glossy and free of even microscopic marks, and were it not for a little unavoidable oxidation on the metal back we would describe this button as truly "mint." Diameter 1".

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    May, 2010
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