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Printed textile of Cleveland and Thurman

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Overall: 19 x 19 in. ( 48.3 x 48.3 cm )
printed: all over: "OUR CANDIDATES/ 1888/ For President/ Grover Cleaveland/ For Vice President/ Allen G. Thurman. "
Cotton copperplate-printed presidential campaign kerchief in black and white with red border; portraits of Grover Cleveland and Allen G. Thurman in laurel garlands; in center are two crossed brooms and a pole topped by a rooster; border of red dots and red and pink circles.
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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."

Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979.

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Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group