Campaign Collectibles: Running for Congress

Every two years, each seat in the House of Representatives comes up for election. Candidates have left a legacy of creative campaign swag to keep their names in the public eye. Here, see what they used to catch voters’ attention over the past two centuries, from the quirky to the classic.

Frances Payne Bolton Balloon/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_campaigns_boltonballoon_2016_044_011-3.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Matthew S. Dole
About this object
An uninflated balloon is a rare survivor from one of Frances Bolton’s campaigns. The printing indicates that Bolton, like several early women in Congress, preferred to be called “Congressman” rather than “Congresswoman.”

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