Thursday, May 9, 2013

Update: Hosch b'Gosh

This little pin fetched 100 dollars in the All American Locals Auction. Just thought you'd like to know.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Remembering Richard Nixon: Nixon Now! & Mike Curb's Connection to Richard Petty

April 24th marked the 19th year since the passing for President Richard Nixon in 1994. The controversial president had done much in his later years to meet the needs of the role of elder statesman and by late 80s found himself back in the White House, back doing more foreign trips for the Reagan and Bush administrations. Nixon was back. By the early 90s he was even getting along with Democrat Bill Clinton.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Oregon McKinley Ribbon: Gold Standard & Corvallis Ladies Club

In response to the Bryan 1897 ribbon, who was a free silver man, I have found this McKinley Our Standard care of Old Politicals Auction # 8 in 2010. It was being offered at $595.00, but didn't attract any bids.

5" Silk Ribbon
A fantastic ribbon. The gold really stands out. 1896 saw the gold standard supporters wage ideological war with the free silver advocates. Here is a McKinley Hobart jugate ribbon from the collection of Oregon APIC member John Silvertooth. It is from the Ladies Club in Corvallis, Oregon.

Anderson Auction 167 Oregon Items

For those of you curious, here are the Oregon related items selling in the latest from Anderson Americana Auction 167. It closes on May 7th.

screenshot from Anderson Auction: Search Oregon

Thursday, May 2, 2013

1897 William Jennings Bryan Oregon Ribbon!

Talk about a blast from the past. This ribbon comes from the collection of APIC member Tom Berg. He shared it with us on the APIC Facebook page.

From the Berg Collection

Portland Mayoral Campaign 2012

One of the great things about being a locals collector is the sheer amount of materials out there in the locals field. Everything from a Ronald Reagan for Governor pin to a Al Smith for Sheriff pin is out there for fans of the candidates who later run for president. Then there are the items for folks who run for water board, school board, city council, auditor, county commissioner and then the biggest office in most municipalities across the country is that of mayor.

Founded in 1845, Portland is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Oregon. Portland is governed by a commission style government. The Mayor of Portland sits on the commission with 4 elected City Councilors and the City Auditor. All are elected to 4 year terms. These six folks govern the 100 or so neighborhoods that make up the city of Portland. As of 2011, it is estimated that nearly 600,000 people call Portland home. While the elections are all non-partisan, the city is known for it's abundance of Democratic candidates and office holders. All of the members of the state legislature from Portland are Democrats. The last Republican to be Mayor of Portland was Connie McCready, completed Mayor Neil Goldschmidt's term after he was appointed to the Carter Administration. The last Republican to be elected Mayor of Portland was Terry Schrunk.

2012 represented another campaign for Mayor of the Rose City, and it was an interesting campaign. There were 23 candidates on the ballot in the May primary. People of every walk of life stepped up to the task of running for mayor. There were college students, writers, engineers, real estate agents, artists, a CEO, a former city commissioner, and a member of the legislature all running for the same office. There was even an Occupy Portland supporter in the mix. Tre Arrow even popped up again. Instead of perching himself on a window ledge, he perched himself on the ballot.