As election season heats up, we’ll be seeing the return of a tried and tested political accessory: the pin. Since President George Washington’s election, campaign buttons have played a huge role in marketing candidates. And they’re super fun and cool to collect! My grandparents, my mother, and I’m sure your grandparents and mother, all have stowed away a collection of distinct campaign buttons. I love seeing the post-impeachment Richard Nixon pins from my mother’s youth, as well as my grandmother’s “I Like Ike” and “JFK” buttons. Indiscriminate button acceptance or less partisan politics of the past? Hard to say. If you want to pick up a pin in support of your Presidential hopeful, you’ll be hard pressed to find a Hillary button that doesn’t make you smile. What can I say, her campaign managers are geniuses. Anyone else equally as obsessed with her Twitter feed as I am? She’s so gosh darn sassy! “Delete your account.” Classic!
However, if you aren’t feeling like making too much of a statement, politically that is, there are a ton of other topical, enamel pins to choose from! Whether you want to adorn your backpack or your jean jacket, these pins are humorous, light and offer great slices of personality. As back-to-school nears, this is a fun way to spice up BTS shopping. Dress up an old backpack with a new pin! The choices are endless.
Interesting fact: Did you know that the most valuable political button available is Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s button? I’m curious as to why that is. Wouldn’t you think someone even older might hold more ammo? (Not to say that I wouldn’t be mighty pleased with an FDR button. Or a pizza button from Georgia Perry, for that matter…) Other great options: Marc Jacobs, Anne Free, Big Bud Press, Off-White and Sarah M. Lyons!