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“Poverty or Prosperity?” McKinley & Hobart 1896 Presidential Campaign Rare Huge Jugate Poster
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[WILLIAM McKINLEY & HOBART]. Jugate Poster, 1896. Distributed by Edwards, Deutsch, and Heitmann, Chicago, this is part of a series of these highly detailed large posters which appeared during the 1896 and 1900 elections. They are found showing both candidates of a single party, the opposing candidates, or single candidates. All have truly remarkable graphic artwork, and as a group, they represent the zenith of American political poster design. #27654 35.5 x 47.75 inches (sight), framed to 41.5 x 53.5 inches.

Inventory #27654       Price: $3,500

The candidates stand on a wooden platform marked “PROTECTION TO HOME INDUSTRIES, SOUND MONEY.” McKinley holds in his hand a scroll with extracts from his address accepting the nomination, which set the tone for the campaign. Behind on his right are vignettes dramatizing the poverty and financial chaos of the previous years. The vignettes to Hobart’s left depict the promise of prosperity, with a rising sun in the background. Hobart raises his left arm to pull aside a giant American flag which has been used as a curtain, to reveal the promise of the future.

Condition: Minor restoration at center horizontal fold, light age toning, but a spectacular example overall.

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