Inauguration Day is tomorrow, and it has us thinking—what objects will our newest President be remembered for post-term? To get a better idea of what will make a lasting impact, we took a look at some highlights from the New York Historical Society's vast collection of political artifacts matched up against their modern day Trump comparisons.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Campaign Dress, 1952-1956
Make style great again. Please.
While the 'Make America Great Again' slogan is now iconic, this ill-fitting t-shirt's simple design just doesn't cut it when compared to the cool printed Eisenhower Campaign Dress.
Carry On With Roosevelt Button, 1940
Protest pins by Sagmeister & Walsh.
Political pins are probably one of the easiest and most popular ways to show support for your candidate of choice. This election, instead of showing support, many served as a form of protest. No matter how you feel about Trump, you have to admit these Protest Pins are a cute way to voice political concern. If things don't run smoothly, we could see these lil' guys pop up again in the future.
Theodore Roosevelt Lamp, 1912
Do you think the hair blows in the breeze?
The Trump Scented Candle is more abstract and interactive take on the concept of a presidential lantern. The designers encourage you to, 'relieve stress at work by running your fingers through Trump's hair.' Relaxing, colorful and fun! There is potential here.
William Howard Taft Campaign Tray, 1908
Red Cap Collectible Ornament
Bringing politics into the home is a bold statement, but this $99 ornament made of brass and finished with 24 karat gold takes dedication to the next level. Trump supporters can now adorn their homes with luxury, similar to the ornate William Howard Taft campaign tray from the early 20th century.
Fun & Games
The game of Politics or the Race for the Presidency, 1889
I wonder how much thrift stores will charge for these in the future
The end of the list brings us to the most infamous Trump object we've seen so far—the 'Make America Great Again' hat. While not as classy as Harry S. Truman's Fedora, Trump made the red trucker hat the main symbol of his campaign. You might want to stock up on these now—they could easily become an item coveted by ironic hipsters in 2035.
The clear choice for the archives is Trump's hat, but I'm hoping the candle gives it a run for its money.
What object(s) do you think Trump should be remembered for?
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