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    Harrison & Morton and Cleveland & Thurman: Three 1888 "Beach Ball" Paper Lanterns. These colorful lanterns are formed of panels which when folded out "inflate" to form a sphere of approximately 22", which contained a lit candle, and were typically strung to illuminate nighttime political functions. The two Harrisons are similar, but not identical varieties. Each includes panels picturing both the presidential and vice presidential candidates, as well as a log cabin, but slogans and devices on other panels vary. The somewhat scarcer Cleveland example has both Democratic candidates, and Democratic imagery such as roosters and a red bandana. Both Harrisons are complete and inflatable, although one shows some soiling and repair. The Cleveland is complete and in fairly nice shape, but is separated along one fold line and partially along another; it could be fairly easily repaired to display opened up. The flexible metal stretchers are absent, as is the case with most examples of this type. Overall, above-average condition for this category.

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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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