Political items collectors hold national convention in Ohio

A campaign ribbon for Ohio native William McKinley, 25th president of the United States. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering.

A campaign ribbon for Ohio native William McKinley, 25th president of the United States. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Before tweets, Youtube videos and Facebook posts, politicians promoted themselves with campaign buttons, and this week a national political items collectors group shows off this tradition at its national convention in Columbus.

The American Political Items Collectors is a 67-year-old organization and one of the country’s oldest hobby groups.

The group’s 2,000 members seek out not just buttons but vintage political ribbons, glassware, china, autographs, posters, postcards and other items.

The organization works with the Smithsonian Institution, presidential libraries, homes, birthplaces and museums among others to facilitate the understanding of politics using the artifacts of American political campaigns.

The convention runs Monday through Saturday.

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