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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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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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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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T[homas] Campbell-Copeland], ‘“The Battle-Ground of the Presidential Election[:] Illustrated in a Series of Charts Showing the Political Complexion of the United States by States, an of the Doubtful States by Counties.” [in:] Harper’s Weekly vol. XXXII no. 1659 (Oct. 6, 1888). New York: Harper & Brothers, Oct. 6, 1888.

Mapping the battleground states of the 1888 presidential election

A fascinating set of thematic maps previewing the battleground states in the 1888 presidential election, which pitted incumbent Grover Cleveland, a New York Democrat, against Indiana Republican Benjamin Harrison. The maps were published as a supplement to the Oct. 6, 1888 Harper’s Weekly, accompanying an article of the same title by journalist and statistician T. […]

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William C. Reynolds / Electrotyped by Filmer & Co., 128 Fulton St., New York, REYNOLDS’S POLITICAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES DESIGNED TO EXHIBIT THE COMPARATIVE AREA OF THE FREE AND SLAVE STATES AND THE TERRITORY OPEN TO SLAVERY OR FREEDOM BY THE REPEAL OF THE MISSOURI COMPROMISE. New York: Published by W[illia]m C. Reynolds, No. 195 Broadway, and J.C. Jones, No. 1 Pine Street, 1856.

Reynolds’s Political Map of the United States, highlighting the threat of the Southern Slave Power

A scarce persuasive map promoting the 1856 Presidential campaign of John Fremont and highlighting the threat posed by the southern “Slave Power.” Used as the cover image for Susan Schulten’s Mapping the Nation (2012). The 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act established two new territories and repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which had hitherto prohibited slavery in […]

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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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[ 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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W. C. King, OUR POLITICAL HISTORY The Original 13 COLONIES Adopted the Constitution of the united states On the dates indicated where the State begins. [Springfield, Mass.: W. C. King Company, 1906.]

Striking timeline of Our Political History

A visually striking timeline of American political history, cleverly designed, vividly illustrated and deeply patriotic. The two sheets may be laid side-by-side to form a timeline from Independence to the second Presidential administration of Theodore Roosevelt. The upper sections list, year-by-year, the Presidents, their cabinet members, and the governors of each state, color coded—counterintuitively to […]

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