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The Pinback Buttons (formerly Political Buttons) image database from the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan consists of over 1000 pinback buttons covering the topics of Anarchism, Atheism, Civil Liberties, Colonialism, Communism, Cooperatives, Ecology, Labor, Narcotics, Pacifism, Political Parties, Radical Right, Sexual Freedom, Socialism, Spain, Women, and Youth/Student Protest. The earliest is dated 1907, but the majority are from the 1930s and later. Many are undated. All originals are held in the Joseph A. Labadie Collection.

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