Collage image of Democratic presidential campaign buttons from throughout the 19th and 20th Century. Buttons include Kennedy, Dukakis, Mondale, Johnson, and others.
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Political buttons have been around since the George Washington campaign. Early "buttons" were simply a brass lapel pin with an engraving. As soon as the first photographs were printed, campaign buttons often included a picture along with a campaign slogan or the names of the candidates. Celluloid buttons (round metal disks covered with thin paper and enclosed in a celluloid film) became popular in the early twentieth century, and were the most popular buttons of the "golden age of campaign buttons" between 1896 and 1916. Campaign buttons remain a popular method to show support for political candidates and causes.