"Chicago Times Straw Vote" Authentic Pinback Pin

"Chicago Times Straw Vote" Authentic Pinback Pin

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Pin reads "Chicago Times Straw Vote" in blue print on a white background. The pin is 2 1/4" in diameter and still in great condition! The badge was produced by The American Badge Co. of Chicago Ill. I believe it was made to commemorate a Presidential straw vote done by the Chicago Times.

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Pin reads "Chicago Times Straw Vote" in blue print on a white background. The pin is 2 1/4" in diameter and still in great condition! The badge was produced by The American Badge Co. of Chicago Ill. I believe it was made to commemorate a Presidential straw vote done by the Chicago Times. I am uncertain as to the original use of this pin. It could have been to commemorate the straw vote done by the Chicago Times, or it could have been worn by a worker of the Chicago Times as they were polling Americans for their straw vote.

In trying to find the date of this straw vote pin, I found that straw votes started in Chicago in 1896. In 1896: Chicago newspapers conduct straw polls to determine the outcome of the McKinley-Bryan presidential election. The Chicago Record spends $60,000 plus to mail postcard ballots to each of the registered voters in Chicago and to a random sample of one voter out of every eight in twelve Midwestern states. A quarter of a million returns predict McKinley will win and are off by only .04 percent in Chicago, but fail outside of Chicago.

I know the Harris survey began in 1956, so I can only say that this pin dates from between 1896 - 1956, but I would guess that it is from the 1940s most likely.

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