Who Dat? – P

There are still some races from Tuesday’s midterms that have yet to be called, but right now that isn’t our biggest worry.  It’s trying to figure out which candidates these buttons represent.

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 15 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 FLetter G, Letter HLetter I, Letter J, Letter K, Letter L, Letter M, Letter N and Letter O)  We even have one of buttons with pictures only — no names.  That’s even harder to decipher.

We now bring you to the Letter P.  Yes, we finally got up to P.  All you have to do is help with the identification of these buttons.  Thanks! 

26 thoughts on “Who Dat? – P”

  1. The only “P” I can recognize is “I like Pike” for Pike Powers, a Beaumont area politician. Can’t recognize any others from the Texas area. The 2006 Powers button is too contemporary.

  2. Noble J. Puffer – there couldn’t be two people named that, right? – was Cook County, Ill. Superintendent of Schools, 1934-46 and 1950-66. He was a Democrat.

  3. Otto A Piggott – (D) ran unsuccessfully for Wisconsin state senate 18th district in 1904. I come across this button every once in awhile here in Wisconsin.

  4. Ken — Poillucci might very well be A. Vic Poillucci (full name: Albert Victor Alphonse Poillucci), a Republican who ran for Prince William County Supervisor from the Neabsco District in 1991 and 1995, losing to incumbent Democrat John D. Jenkins each time.

  5. “Langdon W. Post for Council” — NYC item from 1939.

    Post was NYC housing commissioner under La Guardia, who fired him in 1937. In 1939, Post was an unsuccessful American Labor Party nominee for a Manhattan seat on the City Council. See Alyn Brodsky, The Great Mayor: Fiorello La Guardia and the Making of the City of New York (2003), p. 367 (La Guardia fires Post); “Labor Party Picks Slate for Council,” NYT 9/4/39 (Post nominated); “Democrats Gain 5 in Council Tally,” NYT 11/14/39 (Post loses).


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