Fun times at the 2016 Politicon convention in Pasadena, California this weekend. In our opinion the highlight was the display of amazing and controversial artwork from the 2016 presidential campaign. The exhibit included an artist's rendition of a Trump University Diploma machine and a Hillary Clinton room freshener display,
When computers and political correctness go just a bit too far: We noticed recently that Google disapproved of several of our listings of campaign items. Curious, we called Google to find out what we could possibly be wrong with listings for civil war envelopes, bobbleheads and campaign buttons. Instead, we got an interesting lesson in what happens when computers make decisions in the world of political correctness.
Our listing for 100 Magazine and Protective Bags for storing publications was rejected. The reason? The computer thought the word "magazine" was referring to the type of magazine used in weapons rather than the type you and I read everyday. No, I'm not kidding.
The next listing was for a Tea Party Patriot bobblehead. Could it be that someone at google doesn't like the Tea Party? Is it a Democratic conspiracy? Or maybe they don't like Sarah Palin? (after all there some people that might agree with that) No, the reason it was rejected is because they thought "tea party " was some type of supplement, and supplements are not allowed to be advertised on Google without permission. No, we don't make this stuff up folks.
The third one was equally amazing. But at least we got a chuckle out of it. Apparently Google thinks we're now porn kings. Many of you will remember the famous commercial that Republican candidate Bob Dole was seen in promoting Viagra many years ago. Well, there was also a campaign button that we sell that says "Elizabeth Dole Causes Erectile Dysfunction" that was an Anti Bob Dole campaign buttons from the 1990's. So the ad was rejected as pornography. Of course, not only is this an historical item, but the commercial played in prime time on national television.
So I guess we're now Porn Kings and Queens. Do you think this rates us a visit to the Playboy mansion?
Our customers did it yet again! When it comes to predicting the outcome of presidential races political memorabilia collectors continue to show that they really know their politics. Recently in our community poll we asked "who will drop out first? Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz?
Well, by a vote of 55.79% vs 44.21% our readers and customers overwhelming predicted Marco Rubio would drop out first. They were proved correct yesterday, March 15, 2016.
Over the years, polls on www.loriferber.com presidential memorabilia website have proven amazingly accurate in predicting the voting patterns of presidential elections.
Here's an interesting website that matches your personal views on various popular issues of the day with those of each of the 2016 Presidential Republican and Democratic candidates.
It strips away your subjective and personal impressions of candidates and focuses on the facts and issues and where you match with the candidates stated campaign views.
Take the quiz and see where you stand. We had three people in our office take the quiz and found it pretty accurate. In fact, we found out that we had more in common with one particular candidate than we ever thought.
Visit the website and take the quiz at www.isidewith.com
Last week we received an order from Laura in Texas for three collectible items from the 1984 Republican National Convention. That in itself is nothing unusual. We sell a lot of different items every day. We often wonder why certain people buy certain items from our inventory. Is it for their collection? For a friend or relative or maybe they ordered a Reagan item just because their last name is Reagan.
Well today, we got a follow up email from Laura. She told us that she purchased the items for her boss who had worked at the Republican Convention in 1984 and always wished he had kept some souvenirs from that event.
So for this holiday season, thanks to Laura and her thoughtfulness, her boss is going to be the proud owner of an original badge, postcard and sign from the Convention, and his wish will be fulfilled.
And as Laura said in her email... she can't wait to see her bosses face!
As the Republican campaign, and Donald Trump, continues to dominate the news, we found it poignant when we today came across these three buttons from the 1972 presidential campaign while we were listing items for sale on our website. These 1972 campaign buttons from the fantasy campaign of Television's All in the Family star strike a cord with both supporters and non-supporters alike.
Google defines "poignant" as both moving, sad, affecting, pitiful, pathetic, mournful, wretched, heart-rendering and tragic, all words that have been used to describe Trump's campaign for the nation's highest office.
Original signed documents from the term of James Garfield as President of the United States, represent one of the most elusive and rare presidential documents. Why? Because Garfield was only in office for less than four months when he was assassinated.
We are privileged to have recently acquired one of these fine document signed by President Garfield during his short term as President. It is a commission document appointing James "Commodore" Bull as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, April 22nd, 1881. Coincidentally, Garfield was well a well known supporter of the Navy and had pledged to rebuild the Navy which had fallen into disrepair since the end of the Civil war.
It is in exceptionally find condition and priced below the current market value.
To view this item in our catalog click here
In the past forty years in the Political Memorabilia business we thought we'd seen just about every possible use for our presidential items. We've sold presidential memorabilia items to politicians, actors, singers, movie producers and more. But we can honestly say this is the first time one of our items was used as a prop in a funeral directors convention!
When Don O'Guinn of the O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes in Clio, Michigan called he was looking for something special for an exhibit he had planned. We were happy to help. He wound up ordering a 24" mahogany presidential seal from us. But until Mr. O'Guinn was kind enough to send us these photos we had no idea what the intended use was. Turns out MR. O'Guinn put together a special exhibit entitled "Lincoln Remembrance Service" at this year's National Funeral Directors Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The display included many Abraham Lincoln items including our mahogany presidential seal and a a full wax figure of the president that that he created along with a reproduction of President Lincoln's coffin!
Keeping abreast of 2016 campaign trends is particularly important to us since it can often mean the difference between success and failure in the political merchandise and collectibles business.
Calculate wrong and you can wind up with thousands of campaign bumper stickers and buttons for candidates that either never made it thru the primaries or never made it to the alter in Washington, D.C. (Anyone want to buy the 3,215 bumper stickers we still have left over from the McCain campaign?!). Guess wrong in the other direction and you find yourself out of inventory just when a candidate gets "hot".
So we watched with great interest when the Democratic candidates for President took the stage last night in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first 2016 Democratic debate. Would we find ourselves licking our wounds with thousands of Hillary Clinton buttons we still have in stock?
Based on the orders and requests we have received for democratic candidate items since the conclusion of the Democratic debate, we can say the following:
1. We're very glad we have a lot of Hillary Clinton merchandise in stock
2. We're glad we stocked up on Bernie Sanders merchandise
3. We wish we had more Martin O'Malley merchandise
4. We're glad we don't have many Jim Webb items left to sell
5. We wonder why in the world we ever carried Lincoln Chafee items
6. We wish we had thought to carry Anderson Cooper buttons