Joe Murphy will present his presidential campaign memorabilia on September 28 at 7pm, This program will be held at the Haddonfield Lutheran Church, 240 Wayne Avenue, at the corner of Wayne and Wood. The church has asked that we support their food drive in lieu of a fee, so please bring canned goods to support their local food bank.
Scandalous accusations, rude comments, insults flaunted on campaign gear, predictions of disaster should the other guy win, even implied violence: well, that’s American politics today. Or, rather, that’s the last 200 years plus of American politics, as is shown by Joseph Murphy’s fascinating collection of Presidential campaign memorabilia. If you think things are nasty today, wait ‘til you hear what they said about Martin Van Buren! But there’s also humor, hidden surprises and a thousand ways to support a candidate, from hats to slippers; mechanical toys and talking dolls; or even cans of soda (take your pick between Gold Water and Clinton Cola!)
Joe has over three thousand unique curiosities and historic objects. They fill his law offices in Haddonfield, and he loves to bring them out to share the stories that they tell. With so much to choose from, you never know what will turn up; John Kerry flip flops or a Trump toilet brush (Murphy’s collection is completely non-partisan) or maybe a William McKinley walking stick with McKinley’s own seriously imposing metal brow at its head. The oldest objects date back to 1789, but things really start getting personal in the 19th Century. You’ll never guess where they stuck a picture of Benjamin Harrison!
Murphy plans a relaxed, interactive evening, describing it as less a presentation and more like “Show and Tell.”
Bring your Own Political Memorabilia! Joe welcomes the chance to see any treasures that the audience may bring in and he’s helped many a budding collector by sharing the duplicate items that have come his way.