[Stephen A. Douglas]: 1860 Satiric Broadside. 14"...
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Description[Stephen A. Douglas]: 1860 Satiric Broadside. 14" x 21.75" broadside mounted on linen, titled "'Boy' Lost!". The "boy" in question is Stephen A. Douglas. During the campaign of 1860, he made a trip to his boyhood home in Vermont, ostensibly to visit his mother. He stayed so long that his opponents suspected it was nothing more than a veiled campaign trip. It provided fodder for various pieces of campaign ephemera, including Currier & Ives cartoons. The author of this vitriolic diatribe was running on all cylinders. It is a classic of negative campaigning. Some excerpts: "He is about five feet nothing in height, and about the same in diameter the other way... Talks a great deal, and very loud; Always about himself. Has an idea that he is a candidate for the Presidency.." Even moderate toning, mounted to linen. Some wrinkling and white discoloration near the bottom, possibly mildew. Might benefit from additional treatment.
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