Who Dat?

As our fellow political junkies know, for some time now we’ve been showing photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by candidate names, for you to help identify.  We can’t make heads or tails of these candidates, most of whom we’ve never heard of.  And when we see a “Smith for Congress” or a “Jones for Senator” button, how do we know which Smith or which Jones?  So we’ve been posting pictures of these buttons, hoping you will have the answer.  Often, you have come through, which is most appreciated.

Thus far, we’ve completed the first ten letters of the alphabet.  (Check out our previous “Who Dats”:  Unknowns beginning with the Letter A, Letter B, two pages for Letter C (here and here), Letter D, Letter E, Letter F, Letter G, Letter H, Letter I and Letter J.)

This time we’re trying something new.  The answer to a recent three-button ScuttleButton puzzle was “Ottoman Empire.”  For the middle button — looking for “man” — we used a generic button of some guy we didn’t recognize.  That got us thinking.  We realized we have a bunch of buttons with no candidates’ names on them at all, just their picture.  And that leads to this installment of “Who Dat?”

We’re not convinced all of these are political; we have no idea, frankly.  But we sure could use your help in identifying those you might recognize (see notes below).

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ROW 1:  I was told many years ago that the 6th button may be for a New York gov. candidate.

ROW 2:  First button reads, “KOTM Wisconsin / Our Leaders.”  Second button has “L.A. Greyer Co./Boston” backpaper.  Last button in row, which says, “For Mayor/Railroad Club,” may be for Tom Taggart of Indianapolis?

BOTTOM ROW:  That faded button reads, “Our Man in Dearborn.”


5 thoughts on “Who Dat?”

  1. Hello Ken,
    In my collection I have the last ? in the top row as
    1896 Thomas Reed 7/8″ Picture (b/w) on cream (Thomas Reed, Republican Hopeful) Cello (unmarked except Boston mfr under picture) Cello Stud
    I saw it in a Hake Auction in the 4th qtr. 2002.

    I hope this helps.


  2. ‘Man in Dearborn’ look like the former (RIP) Mayor Orvil Hubbard. Widely known for his anti-minority stances.


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