Lapel pins were quite fashionable
in the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Watch fobs were another novelty item. It was a way for politicians
to advertise themselves and the issues.
The currency standard was a major issue in the 1896 election
between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. McKinley,
a Republican, favored gold, while Bryan, a Democrat, favored
free silver. Gold and silver bug pins were worn as symbols to
represent a person's position on the issue.
This exhibit of pins and watch fobs is courtesy of the Macy