Do 1940 Political Campaign Donation Acknowledgments Have Value?
Have three "notes" are from an estate sale.
One does not have anything printed on the back. The other two "notes" do have printing on the back.
One has: "This is an acknowledgment and not a receipt for your contribution. An official receipt will be mailed by the Treasurer of the Willkie-McNary Dollar Certificate Fund. If it is not received promptly please notify Republican Finance Committee of Pennsylvania, 133 Commercial Trust Building, Philadelphia, PENNA."
On the back of the other one: "This is an acknowledgment and not a receipt for your contribution. An official receipt will be mailed by the Treasurer of the Republican Finance Committee of Pennsylvania. If it is not received promptly please notify Republican Finance Committee of Pennsylvania, 212 Stephen Girard Bldg., Philadelphia, PENNA."
Do they have any extraordinary value?
- L. Semler
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These three paper items were issued in response to campaign contributions.
One of the items is for a contribution made to the Republican National Committee and the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania in 1936.
That year Alf Landon and Frank Knox were the Republican nominees for president and vice president. The Democratic candidates, Franklin Delano Roosevelt for president and John N. Garner as vice president, were the victors.
Another item reflects a contribution to the Willkie-McNary Dollar Certificate Fund. Wendell Willkie was the Republican candidate for the 1940 presidential election. Charles L. McNary was the vice presidential nominee.
Again, the Democratic candidates won the election, with Roosevelt elected to his third term as president and Henry A. Wallace winning the vice presidency.
The last receipt was for a contribution to the Dewey-Warren Dollar Certificate Fund. Thomas E. Dewey was the Republican nominee for president in 1948 and Earl Warren was the party's vice presidential candidate.
Again, the Democratic candidates for president and vice president, this time Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley, won the election.
Examples of these items are regularly offered in online auctions. They are widely available in online auctions for $7 to $15. An example of the acknowledgement for a contribution to the Republican National Committee was sold on eBay Jan.11, 2013 for $14.50.
by Coin World Staff
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