“V” can stand for “victory.” Or, with two fingers, represents “peace.” But in this case, it’s the letter where we’re trying to figure out unknown campaign buttons.
As our fellow political addicts know, for some time now we’ve been showing photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by candidate names, so you can help identify them. We cannot make heads or tails of these candidates, most of whom we have never heard of. And when we see a “Smith for Congress” or “Jones for Senator” button, how do we know which Smith or which Jones? So we’ve been posting pictures of these buttons, hoping you’ll have the answer. Often, you have arrived, which is most appreciated.
We are nearing the end of the alphabet. (See our previous “Who They Are”: Strangers Beginning with Letter A, Letter B, Two Pages for Letter C (here and here), Letter D, Letter E, Letter F, Letter G, Letter letter H, letter I, letter J, letter K, letter L, letter M, letter N, letter O, letter P, letter R, two parts for letter S (here and here) and letter T. For the record on record we don’t have enough unknown Q or U Candidates for the list. We even have a sample of buttons with just images, no names. That’s even harder to decipher.
But there is an additional problem with these V candidates. For example, does the last name of the Van Dusen button display under “Dusen” or “Van Dusen”? It’s crazy, as you can see. But they are listed here under V.
So can you help? The “Valley” button can be the state of Washington. And we suspect that the “Rudolfo Valentino” may not be political. Any idea who these V candidates for R are? Thank you!