McKinley-Hobart Campaign Badge, 1896


The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

In 1896, voters who favored a currency backed by gold were called "gold bugs." They used a gold-colored bug as a symbol of their support for this policy. The wings of this mechanical button are hidden beneath the insect's body. Pressing the spring releases images of the Republican presidential ticket and "gold bug" favorites, William McKinley and Garret Hobart.


  • Title: McKinley-Hobart Campaign Badge, 1896
  • Date Created: 1896
  • Location: United States
  • Subject Keywords: Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Badges, McKinley, William, 1843-1901, Hobart, Garret A. (Garret Augustus), 1844-1899, Political campaigns, Presidential elections, Presidential campaigns, United States presidents
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Badge
  • Object ID: 72.31.262
  • Image ID: THF156526
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.


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