Oh yes. The mud was slinging in 1940. Franklin Roosevelt was running for his THIRD term. Republican businessman Wendell Willkie was a dark horse who railed against FDR's policies and took him on with a strong campaign and a whole lot of campaign pins.
These are four original 1940 campaign pins from the Willkie camp. There were many anti-FDR slogan pins...these sum up some of Willkie's issues...NO ROYAL FAMILY, NO FOURTH TERM, NO THIRD TERM AND INDISPENSABLE MAN, and ROOSEVELT AND RELIEF - WILLKIE AND WORK.
Each pin measures 1 1/4 inches across. These are celluloid-covered on tin. The tin backs show normal age tarnish, some of which comes off easily with an eraser. We've left them for buyer to decide. The fronts are all in excellent clean condition.
When the dust and mud settled, Roosevelt won a comfortable victory with his strong Democratic support.
The subsequent passing of the 22nd Amendment of the United States Constitution in 1947 renders the 1940 election the only occasion in American history in which a candidate was elected to a third term as president (Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term in 1944, but he died only a few months into that term).
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Set of 4 Original 1940 Political Campaign Pins Willkie vs. FDR