Recall better times for the Democratic Party, with this 1960s political ephemera collection. The property of a DNC delegate from Illinois, this ensemble centers on the 1960 campaign and 1961 Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, along with the 1964 DNC, held in Atlantic City; support for Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, and more. Overall, this bundle is fairly well-preserved, with most items showing minimal to moderate wear.
1961 John F. Kennedy Inauguration: Inaugural Ceremonies pass (VG-EX); Inauguration ticket for Constitution Ave. north side stand (VG); Inauguration ticket stub for Lafayette Park (EX-MT); Inaugural Ball ticket stub for Shoreham Hotel (VG); Inaugural Ceremonies ticket stub for the State Armory (EX); Inaugural Ball invitation presents EX-MT details with deference to a horizontal fold; Inaugural Ball response card and envelope (NM); souvenir Inaugural invitation (EX) with mailer; Inaugural Committee reception for U.S. Governors program (VG); JFK 35th President brass medal (VG+);
c.1960-1961 Pins: JFK "The Man for the 60s" flicker pin (EX-MT); JFK for President pin (NM) with "Next President" ribbon and donkey charm; "Mamie Start Packing, The Kennedys are Coming" pin (EX); JFK "I Told You So" pin (EX+); "Kennedy 60" medal with chain and relief PT-109 boat (EX); (3) donkey die-cut pins average (NM-MT); Kerner Illinois Governor name pin (NM);
1964 Atlantic City Democratic National Convention: "Delegate" medal (NM); DNC name badge with ribbon (EX-MT); 1964 DNC name badge with die-cut State of Illinois (NM); "Work Perimeter" badge (NM); (2) full tickets (VG, GD); (2) ticket stubs both (VG-EX);
Also present is a binder full of 1960s ephemera, generally in above average to better condition, with letters, guides, brochures, and more related to the 1960 presidential campaign, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, 1961 JFK Inauguration, and 1964 DNC, including a JFK letter with autopen signature, and an 11/17/60 Western Union telegram with original envelope from Eunice Shriver, addressed to Barbara Scharf, the original owner of this collection, who was a DNC delegate from Illinois;
Plus a 2005 typed letter signed by Mayor Richard Daly of Chicago, in sympathy of the demise of Barbara Scharf.