Wood, compressed steel
Overall: 36 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (92.7 x 4.4 x 3.8 cm)
Prohibtion party presidential canidate, John Bidwell, 1892 election.
Third parties were common in late nineteenth century politics, and no cause was more actively pursued in the 1890s than prohibition. In 1892, the candidate of the Prohibition Party was John Bidwell. A native New Yorker, Bidwell was one of the first pioneers in California. He was a very well-connected candidate for Governor of California. It was quite common for political candidates to hand out canes and walking sticks with the candidate's head and slogan. The major parties practiced this type of campaigning from 1868 to 1932. Though this cane is not an original, it was produced from an original mold that was used in 1892 to make souvenir canes.
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
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