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Buttons Up!

Updated: Nov 2, 2012 03:45 PM CDT

An East Moline man has a collection as American as The Red White and Blue. Jim VanSpeybroeck is extremely proud of the number of political campaign buttons he has collected over the years. Some are originals, others are replicas.

Buttons which feature campaign slogans. Others with the faces of FDR, Dwight Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and Richard Nixon to name a few.

Jim also has invitations to inaugural concerts. One is JFK's in 1961.  VanSpeybroeck's aunt worked at the Pentagon and collected some of the items. She gave them to him.

He has special postal cards, a matchbook, pictures of former First Families, and other items. Some items are originals. while others are replicas. They are the names and faces of people who made history.

On Election Night, Jim and millions of others will watch another chapter in the political process unfold. He plans to stay up until the last vote is counted.