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Printed campaign bandana of Cleveland and Thurman

Object Number: 
1976.25
Date: 
1888
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 x 23 in. ( 58.4 x 58.4 cm )
Marks: 
printed: all over: "OUR CANDIDATES/ 1888/ For President/ Grover Cleaveland/ For Vice President/ Allen G. Thurman. "
Description: 
Cotton copperplate-printed presidential campaign kerchief in black, white, and red; portraits of Grover Cleveland and Allen G. Thurman in laurel garlands; in center are two crossed brooms and a pole topped by a rooster; pattern of white squares with red circles inside around edge.
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief was made for the Presidential campaign of 1888. According to Hillary Weiss in "The American Bandanna," "one night at a Democratic rally, vice-presidential nominee Allen Thurman pulled a red bandana from his pocket, complaining it would have been cheaper without the import tariff. He was dubbed 'Old Pockethandkercheif,' ... and the bandanna itself, became the Democrats' 1888 symbol of consumer rights."
Bibliography: 

Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 267.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Stanley Herzman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group