1898 Pennsylvania ribbon & button, Albright for Supreme Court Justice

Nice ribbon and button promoting the campaign of Democrat Edwin Albright for Supreme Court Justice, at Harrisburg Pennsylvania Convention.

Bar pin at top, white ribbon with silver lettering, holding photo button of Albright.

On ribbon:

DEMOCRATIC
      STATE
CONVENTION
            At
HARRISBURG, PA
JUNE, 189-

 

Button has image of Albright on one side, with title ‘FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE / HON. EDWIN ALBRIGHT’. On back is image of two crossed American flags.

Manufacturer's name on back of button ‘WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. NEWARK, N.J.’

Tear on middle left side of ribbon. Ribbon toned on back.

4⅝" x 1⅝"

 

Edwin Albright (1838-1902) — of Allentown, Lehigh County, Pa. Born in Lower Milford Township, Lehigh County, Pa., November 8, 1838. Democrat. Lawyer; Lehigh County District Attorney, 1865-68; member of Pennsylvania state senate, 1871-76 (7th District 1871, 11th District 1872-74, 16th District 1875-76); district judge in Pennsylvania, 1878-1901. German ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died December 13, 1902.

Whitehead & Hoag was founded in 1892 in Newark, New Jersey, by Benjamin S. Whitehead (1858-1940) and Chester R. Hoag (1860-1935) when the two teamed up to combine their expertise and formalize their friendship.

In 1892 the two friends decided to team up and formally incorporated under the name Whitehead & Hoag Company. Over time they developed expertise in manufacturing buttons and acquired three major patents that allowed them to grow the company into the dominant player in this lucrative field. Buttons were in high demand as they were a very cost-effective way of advertising, both in business and in politics, and Whitehead & Hoag serviced that demand very well.

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