Miscellaneous Items

Some of our items defy easy categorization. These items span the breadth of the election process from voter mobilization to actual vote casting. Each item in this collection provides insight into the democratic process and how it candidates approached their pursuit of public office.

Promotional flashlight keychain issued by the Jake Pickle campaign [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

In one of the most egregious examples of utilizing their last name to do the campaigning for them, James “Jake” Pickle would pass out items in the shape of pickles to drum up awareness of his campaign. He passed out buttons, stickers, squeaky toys, and flashlights that were all pickled shaped during his 32-year long congressional career.


Promotional pin issued by the Jake Pickle campaign [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

 


Bumper sticker from the Chet Edwards for Congress campaign [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

 


Campaign advertisement for Ed Gossett campaign [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

 


Voting machine from the 1940 national elections | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

This voting machine is from the 1940 presidential Election. Included on the ballot is an option for governor, comptroller, United States Senator, and Representative in Congress. An interesting feature of this machine is the ability to either vote Democratic or Republican for each individual position or to vote strictly for whichever party you support all at once.


Text of talking points for speech by U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

While many members of Congress have every speech completely written out, some people -- such as former congressman Chet Edwards -- prefer to improvise. This fascinating text shows which talking points Edwards considered significant enough to discuss while thanking his supporters after another successful campaign.


Photo of Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock on the campaign trail [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

 


Text of first page of speech by U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, November 2, 2004 | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

 


Miscellaneous Items