News-Antique.com - May 25,2008 - There’s no debate when it comes to the popularity of political collectibles, especially in a year when the race to the White House is taking every sleepy little town and bustling metropolis by storm. Even in today’s ultra-electronic and viably virtual society, the campaign trail is decked out in traditional “stumping” support gear including buttons, banners, pendants, hats, pins, bumper stickers, and autographed candidate photos, among others – which are instant additions to the collectibles community. So, as the 2008 Presidential race progresses forward there’s no better time to spend a few minutes looking back at where we’ve been. Warman’s® Political Collectibles, Identification and Price Guide provides an innovative study of American history, and demonstrates the presence of political campaign collectibles in every phase of social and economic life – from policy making to pop culture phenomenon.
As we move ever closer to another history-making moment with the election of the 44th President the same kind of gear and goods that spread the word, identified a party, and simply touted the patriotism and persona of campaign cultures of the past, are dotting the landscape today. Warman’s® Political Collectibles embraces that presidential history with fervor, providing a rarely-seen view of campaign memorabilia from the 1860s through the 2004 Presidential election. Arranged into 12 basic categories, listings appear with historical background, identifying details, and a range of collector values – when available. From the memorable races to the forgettable, there’s a little bit of something for any political junkie, historian, everyday patriot, and average American.
The author, Dr. Enoch L. Nappen, is a political science professor at New Jersey’s Monmouth University, a life-long collector of political campaign memorabilia, and a founding member of the American Political Items Collectors. Having amassed an impressive private collection of political campaign memorabilia and economic-social ephemeral items, he’s written a number of articles on the subject