Will Hillary Run? Just Ask a Political Collector!
(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA) - Will Hillary run for the Democratic nomination for President? You might want to listen to political collectors.
“We have been watching the voting change pretty dramatically over the last twelve months” says Steve Ferber, Co-owner of Lori Ferber Collectibles of Scottsdale Arizona. “Two years ago the clear majority felt that Clinton would never run again.”
But that changed this month as 51.82% of the over 5,000 collectors who have cast votes on the Company’s website now feel that Hillary Clinton will indeed run for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
Ferber’s company which he operates with his wife Lori Ferber, has been a leading dealer in presidential collectibles and memorabilia for over forty years. Ten years ago the company moved its annual poll to its website at www.loriferber.com, where customers and visitors to the site can now vote on the outcome presidential elections while browsing thru the Company’s over 9,000 presidential collectibles. “It’s not a scientific poll” admits Ferber, “but over the years, political collectors have done a pretty admirable job of predicting elections. In fact, they have picked the winning presidential candidate in five of the last seven presidential elections.
Have the recent revelations about Hillary Clinton’s personal email account changed the vote? Not according to Ferber, who says they have seen the margin of “yes” votes actually grow slightly in the last week. "I guess collectors tend to be frustrated historians” says Ferber, and tend to take a pretty long term view of events and campaigns. Blips don't tend to concern them. ”
Political collectors of campaign buttons, posters, inaugural souvenirs and autographs also tend to be a very knowledgeable group when it comes to politics and elections, points out Ferber. “Ask them who ran against Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election and they will instantly know the answer (George McClellan) points out Ferber. “They know their politics”.
Of course, there are times when collectors get it wrong – or do they? Take the 2000 election for example. The vote by political collectors finished in favor of Al Gore over George Bush by a narrow margin. “We blew that one” admits Ferber. George Bush defeated Al Gore in a close and hotly contested finish, “but then collectors had never heard of a “hanging chad” before that election”, Ferber jokingly points out. “Funny thing is copies of the actual hanging chad ballots are now a pretty popular collector’s item”, says Ferber.
So you thought there were only one or two candidates that have declared their intention to run for President in 2016? Well surprise surprise, as of January 15, 2015 there were a total of 154 people who have filed their Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2) with the Federal Election Commission.
Each individual who is a candidate for federal office must file an FEC Form 2 within 15 days of becoming a candidate. The candidate may file this form on paper or electronically. Paper filers may choose to send a letter that contains the information required on the FEC Form 2, in lieu of the form itself.
Under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), an individual becomes a candidate for federal office when:
* The individual has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000; or
* The individual has given consent to another person to receive contributions or make expenditures on behalf of him or herself and that person has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000 (11 CFR 100.3(a)).
Authenticating the signatures of American Presidents is an arduous and time consuming task. You have to examine the paper stock, the ink, the flow of the ink, the age of the paper, the curls and peculiarities of the letters and characters and compare them to known examples.
But sometimes it's easier than you think. Like today. A very nice lady sent us a photograph of a Franklin D. Roosevelt signature on a commemorative cover (envelope) which she said "looked good". Indeed the paper looked good, the signature was bold and clear. But we didn't really have to look very hard to determine it was truly not an original signature of President Roosevelt.
How did we know? Because the postmark on cover was 1966. President Roosevelt died in 1945.
So as the veteran newscaster Paul Harvey would have said, "now you know the rest of the story" :)
These original and official cards were printed by the Gerald Ford administration to be sent to congratulate particular citizens who have reached the milestone of one hundred years old. We purchased a bunch of these in a collection from an individual who worked for the government in Washington, D.C. How many people get a letter from a President when the turn 100? Better yet, how many of us live to be a 100!.
Includes the gold embossed presidential seal at the top and the printed signatures of First Lady Betty Ford and President Gerald Ford.
Last Chance to See President Kennedy's Golf Cart
JFK's beloved golf cart is featured in the "Presidential Getaway: JFK on Cape Cod." exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. But if you want to see it you better hurry, on October 31, the golf cart will go back into the archives for preservation.
Highlights from the exhibit are never-before-displayed artifacts from the Kennedy family's summers on Cape Cod, including President Kennedy's Golf Cart, his golf club and a set of personalized golf balls.
(Scottsdale, Arizona) – Lori Ferber, President of Lori Ferber Collectibles leading dealers in presidential memorabilia and collectibles, today announced that the company has completed the acquisition of American Historical & American Heritage Parchments Company, a Division of Klein-Phoenix Graphics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed
“We are very pleased to add this superb line of presidential and patriotic items to our growing offerings”, said Lori Ferber, President of Lori Ferber Collectibles. “We are excited about this opportunity to broaden our base of products, particularly to the education and museum markets.”
In addition Ferber stated, “Our goal is continue the Company’s fine tradition of quality products, which includes presidential and patriotic items including historical parchments, gift items, plaques, fund raising items and puzzles. These products help educators and parents teach and share American history and politics with our nation’s children.”
Established over 40 years ago, Lori Ferber Collectibles is a leading dealer in presidential and political memorabilia and collectibles, located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their unique and interesting items can be found on their website at www.loriferber.com
Chris Christie? Will he run? Will he run as a Republican? Will he get stuck on the wrong side of the bridge? This button suggests he will! run for the Republican nomination. This is a campaign button that we just got in that is promoting Chris Christie as a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination. Want one of your own? Click here to order
Are you ready for the 2016 presidential campaign? Are you ready for Hillary (Clinton)? With the presidential election more than two years away, Hillary Clinton supporters are already busy drumming up support for the potential Democratic candidate. Posters, buttons, bobbleheads and even even bumper stickers have been printed and are being distributed.
"Today's campaign promotional items are tomorrow's collectibles" explains Lori Ferber of Lori Ferber Collectibles of Scottsdale Arizona. " We're amazed at how many campaign items are already on the market". And of course, Lori Ferber Collectibles is already featuring them in their store along with souvenirs of other Democratic and Republican candidates. Support your candidate or start your 2016 presidential colleciton today at www.loriferber.com or 2016 campaign souvenirs
In 1989, "Uncle Sam Day" became official. A Congressional joint resolution designated September 13, 1989 as "Uncle Sam Day" (birthday of Samuel Wilson).Today marks the day in 1813 when the United States officially took on its nickname of “Uncle Sam.” The name conjures up images of a man in a top hat pointing his finger at the viewer, but the character was named for a real person — Samuel Wilson.
Wilson was a meat packer who sent barrels of beef to the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. He stamped his barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers referred to the meat as “Uncle Sam’s,” and soon the name became synonymous for the federal government. It wasn’t until the 1860s that a political cartoonist drew Uncle Sam with a beard in a patriotic suit, and not until World War I, the character was juxtaposed with the phrase “I Want You for the U.S. Army.”