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Details about  Box of Rare Civil Rights, Antiwar, Labor, and Presidential Political Buttons

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Box of Rare Civil Rights, Antiwar, Labor, and Presidential Political Buttons
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Jun 20, 2012
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Atlanta, GA, United States


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You are looking at a large number of peace and antiwar buttons from the 1960s and '70s, a small number of political campaign buttons, and a few whimsical pieces thrown in just for fun.  (I think I removed "Captain Junior" from the bunch as it is not officially a button. If you had your heart set upon "Captain Junior" watch for it in one of my jewelry auctions!)

The Bad News: Some of the buttons are not in the best of shape: some look rusted or discolored. They're old and they've been through a lot.  Scan the pictures closely:  what you see is what you get.  I read some articles about cleaning buttons online. What I took away from them was: if you're not an expert--DON'T.  So I didn't. I will leave their restoration up to the winning bidder.

The Good News: There are a heck of a lot of them! :-)  And they have historical value.  Many are quite rare and hard to find these days. If you, too, participated in those special times and attended the events at which they were handed out, you may enjoy having something to remember them by.

More Good News (at least if you're a reseller/vendor): This auction comes with a guaranteed buyer, lol! There is somebody who wants to purchase one of the buttons.  Just one. He will pay $200.00 for it. I will provide the winning bidder with his eBay contact information. While he badly wants this button, it's up to you whether you get in touch with him or not.  I will not invade your privacy by giving him your info.

These were my late husband's buttons. He was extremely active in the civil rights, antiwar, and labor movements in the South in the 60s and early 70s. The box was also my husband's box. He loved cigars. He would be laughing right now to know I was selling his old, beat-up buttons in one of his old, beat-up cigar boxes and he would probably launch into a long story about those specific cigars and how good they were and some strange and funny adventures he had with them (he had a near eidetic memory). I hope that these bring back good memories for whoever buys them or else good profits. Or maybe even both. :-)  

I know nothing about buttons or button collecting so please don't ask me obscure questions such as what event he got each one at. I won't be able to tell you. Although over the years he probably did tell me about each of the events he went to, I do not personally have an eidetic memory. In fact, it's something of the opposite... :-/ I just know he earned them...the hard way. He was jailed over 100 times for his Civil Rights, Anti-war, and Labor activities (yes, they used to jail people for marching for these causes).

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