Dr. Robert "Bob" Platt was born on June 10, 1928 in Utica, New York. He began collecting buttons from 1936 when his grandfather gave him an “Al Landon” for President Button. Since then he has pursued his hobby of collecting books and political memorabilia.
The walls of Bob Platt’s three room guesthouse are covered with thousands of political campaign items ranging from "I like Ike" brand cigarettes to 1824 political campaign medals for Andrew Jackson. There are tickets for campaign appearances by Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Sandwiched between bumper stickers and license plates endorsing William Howard Taft is a revolving display case containing - among other items - a souvenir biscuit made of plaster of Paris.
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