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Since the 1840s, decorative devices and slogans have been used to promote political candidates and causes. While ribbons, broadsides, and buttons comprise the earliest type of memorabilia, additional forms of advertising soon became commonplace, including stickers, thimbles, and “instant shoe shine.” This exhibit features a selection of memorabilia from some of North Carolina's more interesting and controversial political campaigns and causes since 1898.

Items in this exhibit are courtesy of Lew Powell or from the holdings of the North Carolina Collection (NCC).

For more information about the NCC's holdings, visit http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/index.html.