Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    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".

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 320

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 April 17 Featuring the Michael Ward Collection Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search