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    McKinley & Hobart: A Rare Huge 36" x 48" Jugate Poster from the 1896 Campaign. Distributed by Edwards, Deutsch, and Heitmann, Chicago, this is part of a series of these highly detailed large posters which appeared during the 1896 and 1900 elections. Most are black and white, although a few examples have been seen in color (it is unclear whether they were manufactured that way or whether the color has been added by an artist). They are found showing both candidates of a single party, the opposing presidential candidates, as well as a single candidate. All have in common truly remarkable artwork. Takes as a group they must surely represent the very zenith of American political poster design. Not surprisingly, the jugate examples tend to be those most prized by collectors. We are fortunate to present here a superb pair of the Republican jugate examples for 1896 and 1900 (lot 25943). The present lot is the 1896 variety for McKinley and Hobart. The Republican campaign that year stressed the economic downturn of the early 1890s. Much as Herbert Hoover would be blamed by the Democrats for the Depression several decades later, Grover Cleveland was publicly blamed for the economic downturn during his second term. The overwhelming theme of the Republican campaign in 1896 was a promise of a return to prosperity. The new administration, with a boost from the popular and successful Spanish-American War, would deliver on that promise, allowing the Republicans to stress the prosperity theme again in the 1900 campaign.

    The present McKinley & Hobart example is the first we can recall seeing of this exact variety. The candidates stand on a wooden platform marked "PROTECTION TO HOME INDUSTRIES, SOUND MONEY." McKinley holds in his hand a scroll with extracts from his address accepting the nomination, which set the tone for the campaign. Behind on his right are vignettes dramatizing the poverty and financial chaos of the previous years. The vignettes to Hobart's left depict the promise of prosperity, with a rising sun in the background. Hobart raises his left arm to pull aside a giant American flag which has been used as a curtain, to reveal the promise of the future. From a standpoint of composition as well as rarity, this may well be the best of this sought after poster series. Condition is near mint. It has been professionally linen-backed, with wood dowels added at the top and bottom, making it easy to unroll and display flat when hung on a wall. A great opportunity for the true connoisseurs of both political posters and the best of American graphic art.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
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