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Rivers / Photo by Malcolm Varon / Printed by Colorcraft Offset, Inc., America Needs MCGOVERN. HE CAN PUT IT TOGETHER. [New York?: McGovern presidential campaign? 1972.]

Cartographic poster for the 1972 presidential campaign of George McGovern

A striking, quirky and quite rare poster for the catastrophic 1972 presidential campaign of South Dakota Senator George McGovern. The 1972 campaign took place against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, ongoing cultural upheavals and the still-fresh memories of Kent State and the assassinations of two Kennedys and Martin Luther King. I was only five […]

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John Finzer & Bros., Louisville, Ky., OLD HONESTY NON-PARTISAN Political Map OF THE UNITED STATES SHOWING THE Presidential Vote of 188-0 AND Other Election Statistics. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1884.

Fascinating political map on a tobacco premium

A wonderful and extremely rare political map of the United States issued as a tobacco premium by a Louisville, Kentucky tobacco firm. This piece was produced as a two-sided “premium” to promote Old Honesty Plug Tobacco, a brand produced by the Finzer Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky. The Finzer brothers were Swiss émigrés who in 1866 established […]

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[ Election of 1872 ] Thomas A. Davies / Smart Sc[ulpsit?], WAR! WAR! WAR! TO THE KNIFE ON POLITICAL CORRUPTION. [:] POLITICAL SMASH-UP. Washington, 1872.

Wildly-inventive cartoon attacking corruption during the Election of 1872

A rare and astonishingly complex cartoon attacking American political corruption during the Election of 1872. No names are named, but the villainous “Big Politician” is surely a stand in for Boss Tweed, the Grant Administration, or more likely both.    This is one of three or four cartoons produced in 1872 by Thomas Albert Davies, a […]

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Rand, McNally & Co., Engr[aver]s, NEELY’S NEW REVERSIBLE HISTORICAL CHART, Political Map AND UNITED STATES MAP COMBINED. PRICE (with United States map on Back) $5.00. Chicago: F.T. Neely, 1892.

Neely’s New Reversible Historical Chart, with a fantastic infographic of American political history

Neely’s New Reversible Historical Chart is a geopolitical compendium, highlighted by a masterpiece of an infographic rendering centuries of American political history into a single, digestible timeline. First the more mundane aspects: The lower half of the image features maps of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres and large-scale maps of Persia & Afghanistan, Abyssinia (Ethiopia), […]

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Alexander Gross, F.R.G.S., ELECTION MAP WITH 49 NOVEL DIAGRAMS Showing All Election Results 1928 to 1946 –Presidents – Senators – Representatives – Governors. New York: Geographia Map Co., [1948].

An interesting attempt at the visualization of political data from the Election of 1948

A rare, innovative and visually striking political chart produced before the United States presidential election of 1948, summarizing the results of election cycles between 1928 and 1946. Given the enormous size and complexity of our national government, national elections present a significant data-visualization challenge. Early efforts focused solely on presidential elections, providing results on a […]

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[ Herbert Hoover ] Detail of thematic map at top of Annie G. Lyle and Archive Rice, Political Sentiment Map Of United States [:] WHAT POLITICIANS DON’T KNOW. San Francisco and Washington, D. C., 1931.

Crunching electoral data to re-elect Herbert Hoover

An extremely rare broadside by two fans of Herbert Hoover, analyzing the results of the 1928 presidential election and revealing some of the less appealing elements of the politics of Prohibition. The 1928 election was fought between Democrat Al Smith, Governor of New York, and Republican Herbert Hoover, an engineer, businessman and Secretary of Commerce […]

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Chromolithographic advertising with George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt

A lovely chromolithographic poster by the Advance Thresher Co. of Battle Creek, Michigan, appropriating political imagery to promote farm machinery. The poster employs a presidential theme highlighting George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, suggesting that it was produced during the latter’s 1904 re-election campaign. At top large portrait busts of the two presidents flank a figure […]

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David Horsey, The World According to Ronald Reagan. Seattle: AA Graphics, Inc., 1987.

1987 map of The World According to Ronald Reagan

An entertaining 1987 persuasive map offering a liberal caricature of the world view of President Ronald Reagan. The map uses a pictorial style to depict the United States and Soviet Union wildly out of scale with the rest of the world. Reagan in full gunfighter regalia stands astride a hypertrophied California, while a dour Gorbachev, […]

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Rare Theodore Roosevelt proclamations creating National Forests in Nevada

Two extremely rare circulars printing proclamations by President Roosevelt establishing National Forests in Nevada. Ruby Mountains Forest Reserve (1906) encompassed more than 420,000 acres in northeastern Nevada, and Vegas National Forest (1907) some 185,000 acres in Lincoln County. Both have long since been absorbed into Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Each includes the text of the proclamation, signed in […]

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