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Everyone Loves Buttons wants you to get out and vote!

Every four years, we the people of the United States of America are able to enjoy the freedom of electing our nation’s leader. Everyone has an opinion on how he or she thinks the country could be run better, and this is the time of the year to express those opinions by voting for the candidate that best reflects your ideals.

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It doesn’t matter whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. It only matters that you get out and make your voice heard by voting this upcoming Tuesday, November 8th.

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Political season can be a long, grueling and sometimes unpleasant experience, but it is necessary to reflect the change that this country needs. So cast your ballot, make your voice heard and we will see you at the Midterm elections in 2018.

5 Ways to Support Your Candidate This Political Season

  1. A picture is worth a thousand words, a t-shirt is worth more.

Political T-shirts

What a person wears is the most expressive way for someone to portray themselves to the general public. Nobody has time to explain their interests, hobbies or beliefs to everyone they see walking down the street. So why not wear them? A political t-shirt is the perfect way to show your support without having to explain yourself.

  1. You drive everywhere. Bumper stickers go where you go.

Political Bumper Stickers

Probably the most common way to show one’s support for a candidate is to slap a bumper sticker on your car and take your candidate everywhere you go. Everyone has seen them. So whether you’re in support of Trump or Hillary, or even if you’re just trying to keep the Bernie movement alive, don’t forget to drive in style with your political bumper sticker.

  1. Make coffee great again by waking up with your candidate.

Political Mugs

Do you have dreams of a better America? Do you know who can make that happen for you? Whether you’re waking up or having an afternoon cup of joe at work, a political mug is the perfect way to show your support for a better tomorrow.

  1. Keep your head in the game by wearing a hat to support your candidate.

Political Hats

As I mentioned above, what you wear is the first thing someone notices when they see you in public. If you are passionate about your candidate, you should show your support as much and as often as you can. A t-shirt can be worn once a week or so, but a hat can be worn day-in and day-out. So cap off this political season by wearing your candidate’s hat to show your support.

  1. Pin it to win it. Wear your candidate’s button everywhere you go.

Political Buttons

Buttons are perfect for showing your support for your candidate on a daily basis. You can wear your button with any outfit, or you can pin it to your backpack, purse, jacket, etc. The possibilities are endless for your political button, as you can choose to create a magnetic button as opposed to the standard pin back. A magnetic version can be worn or simply placed on the fridge or filing cabinet. Buttons may provide the most versatile ways to show your support this political season.

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Ultimately, the important thing is that you get out and vote. You can be the difference between the change you want to see and the change you don’t. Make your voice heard by supporting your candidate proudly.

How to Use Campaign Buttons During Political Season

Buttons are the oldest form of politicking here in the US. Political buttons date as far back as President George Washington and the first mass production of metal buttons (similar to the ones used today) go all the way back to the 1896 William McKinley campaign for president. Today, politicians at every level of local and national government use buttons during their campaign to drum up support and sway votes.

Here are four ways you can use custom campaign buttons during a political campaign:

Use buttons to educate people on your views.

If teachers in your community are striking for better pay do you support their stance or that of the school board? If a developer wants to knock down the old community center to build a mall whose side do you take? It’s important that peoplePolitical Campaign Buttons understand what your views are so they know whether or not you are the kind of candidate you want to vote for. In most elections, your core base of constituents are those that agree with your political viewpoints. The worst thing a politician do during their campaign is not take a stand for or against something! People don’t like to vote for a politician when they don’t know where that candidate stands on key issues. A button that states “Vote No on Amendment Two” clearly shows people where you stand on that proposition and leaves no room for confusion.

Remind the community of when and where to vote.

Getting people to the ballot box is hard enough even when it’s the national Presidential election, so getting your community to the polls for a local election is a massive feat. Buttons are a great way to remind people in your town when and where they can go to vote. You need to hammer that date/location into their minds time and time again in order for it to stick, so alongside community news bulletins, signs, and banners, buttons act as walking billboards to help get the message out.

Buttons look great on camera.

If the local news channel comes to an event you can bet they’re taking a lot of B roll footage of the crowd. If all your supporters are there wearing custom buttons with your name on them that’s basically free TV advertising! Buttons are also a great way to help get your name out at a debate that may have multiple candidates speaking, so even if someone doesn’t see your speech they see your name on camera while others are talking.

Give buttons away to volunteers/fundraisers.

No political campaign could happen without a huge influx of volunteers and fundraisers. Create buttons that say “I Support [Your Name]” and ask them to wear those buttons even when they aren’t actively campaigning. Having those people publically throwing their support behind you in their everyday lives can make or break a political campaign. These buttons show that you have real support in your community.

Everyone Loves Buttons in Action – Campaign Buttons

Everyone Loves Buttons has created dozens, if not hundreds, of political campaign buttons for candidates on both side of the political aisles. Right now the gubernatorial race in Arizona is heating up and just the other night Doug Duceyour CEO Maura Statman and her daughter brought campaign buttons to an event for Arizona’s gubernatorial and congressional candidates. Maura’s daughter had the chance to take a photo with gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey, wearing his new custom political campaign button!

The meet-and-greet featured several other Congressional candidates including:

Congressional Candidate Andy Tobin, District 1
Congressional Candidate Col. Martha McSally, District 2
Congressional Candidate Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, District 9

As woman-owned business, it was especially inspiring to meet Col. McSally and Lt. Col. Rogers. Col. Martha McSally was the first woman in U.S. history to command a Fighter Squadron in combat, earning the Bronze Star and 6 air medals for her combat leadership and 325 combat hours in the single-seat A-10 “Warthog.” Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers is one of the first 100 women pilots in the U.S. Air Force.

Regardless of what political party you belong to, campaign buttons have been used for the larger part of American history to show support for and promote political candidates or other views. Andrew Jackson was one of the first people to mass-produce political buttons during his presidential campaign in 1824. President Abraham Lincoln and his opponents had the first election buttons that were made with tin type or ferrotype photographs. The first mass production of metal buttons, the design we are familiar with today for most campaigns, happened during the 1896 William McKinley campaign for president.

5 of the Most Famous Presidential Campaign Slogans

The best political campaign slogans are typically easy to remember, easy to repeat, and convey a clear message that people can really get behind. Campaign slogans get printed on buttons, banners, bumper stickers, t-shirts, posters, billboards and more, so it’s got to be good! And a truly great campaign slogan is something that people remember for years to come, and compare other slogans to over the years.

Here are five of the most famous Presidential campaign slogans:

“I like Ike.”

This is arguably one of the most famous campaign slogans of all time. Dwight. D Eisenhower used it in both the 1952 and 1956 Presidential elections. For the 1952 Presidential campaign, Irving Berlin wrote Eisenhower’s campaign song and Walt Disney Studios made one of his television ads, the first political campaign ad aired on TV.

“A chicken in every pot. A car in every garage.”

This slogan was created for Herbert Hoover, the Republican presidential candidate in 1928. The slogan was supposed to instill the belief that everyone would prosper under Hoover as President. The phrase actually has its origins in seventeenth century France when Henry IV reputedly wished that each of his peasants would enjoy “a chicken in his pot every Sunday.”

“Don’t change horses in midstream.”

In 1864 America was embroiled in the Civil War, but the Presidential election had to happen regardless. This campaign slogan was used by Abraham Lincoln to convince the public that changing the (Union) President during the middle of war would be a catastrophe.

“I propose a new deal.”

Franklin D’s Roosevelt’s “New Deal” was a series of programs created by the federal government in response to the Great Depression. The New Deal produced a political realignment that is still in play today. By 1936 the term “liberal” typically was used for supporters of the New Deal (the Democrats), and “conservative” was used for its opponents (mostly Republicans).

“A time for greatness.”

This was the slogan promoting John Kennedy for president and Lyndon Johnson for vice president in 1960. This campaign slogan was also used to name  Norman Rockwell’s original illustration for LOOK magazine, which depicts John F. Kennedy receiving the acclamation of his party at the Democratic National Convention. His “A time for greatness” political brochure helped JFK break all vote-getting records in winning re-election by 873,000 votes, carrying every city and county in Massachusetts, winning by 3-1 margin and taking the entire State Democratic ticket in with him.

4 Things to Consider When Designing a Political Campaign Button

George Washington wore the first political button at his inauguration in New York in 1789. Printed brass buttons were handed out to his 4 Things to Consider When Designing a Political Campaign Buttonsupporters, promoting his presidential campaign. The modern day button dates back to 1896 when the Whitehead and Hoag Company patented the campaign button. This political campaign button was made up of four pieces sandwiched together – a printed image with a slogan or photo of the 1896 candidates for President. With the mid-term elections coming in November of this year many politicians are already gearing up their campaigns, including designing and printing their political campaign buttons.

If you are looking to create a political campaign button for yourself this year here are four things to keep in mind: Read More

The Most Famous Political Campaign Buttons

Some people collect stamps or coins, others invest in baseball cards or Barbie dolls, but there is also a whole world of collectors whose item of choice is political campaign buttons. The campaign buttons really are invaluable pieces of American history and many treat them with the same reverence given to the first American flags, Declaration of Independence, and other artifacts from America’s past. One appraiser said that political buttons are like a “microcosm of political history for the 20th century.”

George Washington wore the first political button, a clothing button made of brass, in 1789 at his first Presidential inauguration with the phrase “G.W.-Long Live the President.” The slogan was based off the British’s “Long Live the King” cry. An original George Washington cloth button could easily be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Read More

The History of Political Pins and Buttons

Political buttons, or pins, have been used for the larger part of American history to show support for and promote political candidates or other views. Their form has evolved over the years as technology developed. While they originally resembled clothing buttons sewn into jackets, modern versions typically contain photographic images or slogans with a pin built into the back. In a way, these buttons serve a similar purpose to yard signs and bumper stickers that turn up every election year.

The First Political Buttons

Almost every American president had some type of campaign button, or pin, and this tradition started with George Washington. Although presidential candidates did not campaign in the same way they do today, once they were elected their supporters used buttons to celebrate the appointment. Many kinds of brass clothing buttons were made for the inauguration of Washington including some that were engraved with “Long Live the President,” and others that were engraved with just his initials. The buttons sewn into Washington’s jacket featured 13 chain links surrounding the button’s border, which represented the original 13 states.

Buttons as a Political Tool

Andrew Jackson was one of the first people to mass-produce political buttons during his campaign in 1824. He used brass coins to create his buttons and had his image as a military general imprinted on them. He started this as a way to market himself, which is obviously a strategy that continues today.

Buttons were also used to display opinions regarding agendas that were unrelated to presidential elections. During the 1910s buttons were produced with an image of an umbrella and the “Safety First” slogan to show endorsement for banning alcohol in the United States. The prohibition of alcohol was mandated in 1920 and when supporters of the opposing view started wearing slogans such as “We Want Beer.”

The Beginning of the Modern Button

The first photographic images used on campaign pins date back to the mid-nineteenth century. The invention of the tintype and ferrotype enabled the production of small portraits of candidates encircled with metal frames, which supporters could wear as lapel pins. President Abraham Lincoln and his opponents had the first election buttons that were made with tin type or ferrotype photographs.

According to collectors, the first buttons that were similar to the form we see them in today were made during the presidential election of 1896. These buttons were used almost completely for promotional purposes and were made by putting a piece of celluloid protective covering over paper before wrapping it around a section of metal. This technology resulted in the creation of many colorful and artistic pins.

Political Pins Today

Many buttons are still produced today, at an even greater amount than they were in the past, because of less costly production methods and the widespread availability of machines. We are also seeing new forms of political buttons gaining popularity, like the disposable stick-on-badge. These badges can be made more cheaply than buttons and can also be produced in large quantities. Another type of newer campaign button is a web button. These are made by using computer graphics and can be distributed easily with minimal expenditure. Even with these changes, there is nothing quite like wearing your buttons to show your support at an event.