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    Fantastic, Huge 1896 William McKinley Campaign Poster. Depicts McKinley as the hero of American labor and industry, while Bryan is shown as making America vulnerable to an influx of over-valued silver. Political alignments were quite different in that era, and the Republican Party maintained strong support from urban labor by backing high tariffs, which kept out of the country cheaper goods to compete with American products. Bryan, being from a western state, had strong support from the silver interests and miners, who wished to see the value of silver raised by pegging it at 1/16 the price of gold.

    This mammoth 36" x 48" poster is one of several related designs that rank among the most desirable and valuable of post-Lincoln American political posters. Interestingly, in one of the other varieties, a standing McKinley holds a miniature, but clearly discernible, example of the present poster! Condition is excellent. There are fine original fold lines (the poster was distributed in folded form for convenience) as made, but no stains or damage. Expensively custom-framed. A wonderful slice of American political history!


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    December, 2005
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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