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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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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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Teddy Roosevelt establishes Utah National Forests

An archive of six extremely rare circulars printing proclamations by President Roosevelt establishing and expanding Utah National Forests. The circulars address the creation of the Beaver, La Sal, Vernon and Wasatch Forest Reserves (all in 1906), and the 1907 expansion of the Aquarius and Monticello National Forests in 1907. Each circular includes the text of […]

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Theodore Roosevelt expands the National Forest system in California

An archive of extremely rare circulars printing proclamations by Theodore Roosevelt establishing the San Luis Obispo Forest Reserve (1906), and expanding the Santa Barbara Forest Reserve (1906) and the San Gabriel (1907), Trabuco Canyon (1907), San Bernadino (1908) and Monterey (1908) National Forests. Each circular includes the text of the proclamation, signed in type by […]

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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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A National Political Map from the fraught campaign of 1856

A rare propaganda map issued during the 1856 presidential campaign, suggesting the threat posed by the extension of slavery into the West after the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act established two new territories and repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which had hitherto prohibited slavery in the Louisiana Purchase north of 36° 30’. Instead, […]

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John Finzer & Bros., Louisville, Ky., OLD HONESTY NON-PARTISAN Political Map OF THE UNITED STATES SHOWING THE Presidential Vote of 1880 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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Puck cartoon satirizing the Benjamin Harrison Presidency

A splendid cartographic cartoon lampooning the flood of Republican office seekers after the 1888 election of Benjamin Harrison to the Presidency. The image has President-elect Benjamin Harrison emerging from a skylight in the roof of his home and using a telescope to look out over the dozens of aspirants scattered about the country (While Harrison’s […]

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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 American 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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James Blaine Election of 1884 poster

Dramatic James Blaine Presidential campaign poster

A dramatic and very rare poster for the 1884 presidential campaign of Republican James Blaine against Democrat Grover Cleveland. James Blaine (1830-1893) had a long and distinguished career as a Maine congressman and senator, Secretary of State to three Presidents, and the 1884 Republican presidential nominee. This poster emphasizes his and fellow Republicans’ embrace of […]

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