Campaign fan

Object Number: 
INV.7413
Date: 
1921-1950
Medium: 
Cardboard, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 3/4 x 7 in. ( 29.8 x 17.8 cm )
Marks: 
printed: center: "Win With/ TAFT"
Description: 
Cardboard fan from one of Robert Alphonso Taft's political campaigns; square fan with curved sides; printed, "Win With/ TAFT" over an elephants head surrounded by four-leaf clovers in red and green on both sides; red and green stripes around the edges; wooden waved handle stapled to the reverse.
Gallery Label: 
Robert Alphonso Taft (1889-1953), son of United States President William Howard Taft, continued his family's political dynasty, serving in the Ohio house of representatives and the state senate for three terms. He sought nomination as the Republican candidate for the 1940 presidential election but lost to Wendell Wilkie. This campaign fan was likely produced for the 1940 election, but may date to senate campaigns as early as 1921.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group