Who Dat? – K

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.)  We even have one of buttons with pictures only — no names.  That’s even harder to decipher.

We’re returning to the alphabet — unknowns of the Letter K.  Since we’ve put this particular display together, we think we have the answer to some of them (see descriptions below the photos).  Can anyone help with the identification of these buttons?

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ROW 1:  John B. Kelly for Council (second button in row) may be Philadelphia.

ROW 2:  Second button (James Kennedy for Congress) may be from Ohio.  The Koenig/Gallo item (4th button) could be from Kingston, N.Y.

ROW 3:  Third button reads, “Chas. H. Kunst for Congress/10th Dist.”  This could be from Missouri.  Love the 7th button in this row: “La Follette Candidate/Kemp.”  But have no idea who it’s for or what La Follette.

ROW 4:  Kinsella (4th button) was the Conservative Party chair from Staten Island, but I don’t know what office this is for.

ROW 5:  Fifth button (“Ted Kinney for U.S. Senate”) has been identified as from North Carolina in 1986.

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ROW 1:  First button (“Knopf for County Clerk”) may be from Chicago.  Third button (“Arthur Kreinheder for Councilman”) is likely from Buffalo, N.Y.  Fifth button (“Re-elect Chas. F. Kelley Dist. Attorney”) has been identified as from Philadelphia.

ROW 3:  That large Elliot Katz for Assembly button is probably from New Jersey.  That tiny “Kaul” button could be a Virginia congressional candidate that appears on a JFK coattail.

ROW 5:  “John Kreminski for Mayor” is likely to be from Meriden, Conn.


11 thoughts on “Who Dat? – K”

  1. Stanley Katz ran in the Democratic Primary in the 30th Assembly District in Queens, NY in the late 70’s or early 80’s. Paul Kortez is a Los Angeles City Councilman who once ran for LA School Board

  2. Page 1 Row 4: Possibly Hastings Keith (R-Mass) who served from 1959-1973. Looks like the style and type seen from that time and common in the greater Boston area.

  3. Page 3 Row 3: Benjamin Klebanow was a Democratic State Representative from the Dorchester section of the City of Boston and served in the Massachusetts House from 1961 to 1969. He died in 1971.

  4. I’ve identified two Ohio items:

    “Kreiler for mayor” (top row, p. 2) – probably G. Stanley Kreiler, Republican nominee for mayor of Youngstown in 1957.

    “Vote Wisely, Re-elect Knisley” (last row, p. 3) — this is from the unsuccessful 1938 re-election campaign of Clarence H. Knisley, Ohio state treasurer 1937-39

  5. Charles F. Kelly (page 2, row 1) was elected Philadelphia D.A. in 1931 and re-elected in 1935 and 1939; he died in office in 1941.


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