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Object Name: Figured bottle
Date: ca. 1968
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Medium: Glass
Dimensions: Overall: 7 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. ( 17.8 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Honey amber machine-made glass figured bottle with flat, sloping collar, short tapered neck, body shaped like an elephant with medallion with head of Richard Nixon in profile on obverse and medallion with head of Spiro Agnew in profile on reverse, inscription "NIXON '68 FOR PRESIDENT" on obverse, "AGNEW '68 FOR VICE PRESIDENT" on reverse, and additional inscriptions on edge and underside of oblong base.
Credit Line: Gift of Wendy Shadwell
Object Number: Z.467
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Marks: in relief: on obverse: "NIXON '68 / FOR / PRESIDENT / REPUBLICAN" in relief: on reverse: "AGNEW '68 / FOR / VICE PRESIDENT / CAMPAIGN" in relief: on base: "WHEATON, N. J. / FIRST EDITION"

Gallery Label:

This campaign bottle was acquired by J. William Middendorf II, a Wall Street businessman and enthusiastic Republican. He served as Treasurer of the Republican National Committee in the late 1960s and was involved with the 1968 campaign of Nixon and Agnew. The bottle was given to the curator of his private collection, Wendy Shadwell, who later donated the bottle to the Historical Society while she was serving as N-YHS curator of prints.

Exhibitions:

"If Elected: The Game of American Politics," New-York Historical Society, July 4, 2008-January 11, 2009.