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    Harrison & Reid: 1892 Election Top Hat. 6" high. The felt hat has the paper insert in the crown, but is missing the hatband and ribbon. The brim has small tears in places and is worn overall, thus good.

    This hat was issued for the 1892 Presidential Election as a campaign item for Benjamin Harrison and Whitelaw Reid. In 1888 Benjamin Harrison used the campaign slogan, "Grandfather's hat fits Ben too." This was to tie him to his famous grandfather, William Henry Harrison. He distributed buttons with top hats on them as well as canes and brooches. So the top hat became a sort of symbol for President Harrison. During his presidency, the top hat would be used to mock Harrison; cartoonists would place him under a huge top hat, stating how he did not live up to his grandfather's standards. At any rate, Harrison kept the top hat theme and used it during his 1892 campaign, which he ultimately lost.

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    May, 2009
    13th-14th Wednesday-Thursday
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