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    Incredible Tintype Photo of 1890s "Coxey's Army" Supporters One of the most avidly collected specialty areas in the political field is that of 19th century photos picturing political paraphernalia. The vast majority are paper images; tintypes are rare and highly prized. This is an image of eleven young men posed with American flags and, in the center, a sign reading "Coxie's (sic) Army." Following the panic of 1893 the U.S. economy was in a deep depression, and, during the winter of 1893-94, Ohio populist leader Jacob Coxey proposed a recovery plan under which the government would simply print a large quantity of additional paper money which would be used for public works projects to provide jobs for the unemployed. The following spring he sought to present the government a "living petition" by marching across the country and gradually amassing an "army" to descend on Washington. He hoped to attract 100,000 followers, but arrived on April 30 with barely 500. He and the other leaders were promptly arrested, and the "army" melted away. Although Coxey's movement failed, it inspired others in the growing left wing labor movements and is considered historically significant. This remarkable photo is probably one of the few of its type surviving, especially in tintype form. Beautiful condition in its original mount, overall measuring 3" x 5".

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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