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    1864 Political Caricature No. 3 "The Abolition Catastrophe" This is a large (22" x 19") anti-Abraham Lincoln campaign print that portrays Lincoln's support of abolition as a liability in his race against Democratic candidate George B. McClellan. There are two trains heading toward the White House. The top train, engineered by McClellan with running mate G. H. Pendleton beside him, is running smoothly down the track with cars labeled "UNION" carrying happy, cheering Democrats. Many of them are taunting Lincoln's train with various comments such as "Thus ends the Abolition Party" and "Wouldn't you like to swap horses now? Lincoln?" Lincoln's train has fallen way behind, smashed up on the rocks of "Confiscation," "Emancipation," "$400,000,000,000 Public Debt," "Abolitionism" and "To Whom It May Concern." Lincoln and others are hurling through the air or jumbled together in the wreckage. They are also making comments. Horace Greeley is saying "I told you Abe that 'To Whom it may concern' would be the death of us." Secretary of War Edwin Stanton moans, "Oh! dear! If I could telegraph this to Dix I'd make it out a Victory." A black slave, in mid-air is saying "Lor' Amighty! Massa Linkum, is dis wot yer call 'Elewaiting de N*****?'" The title is captioned at the bottom "The Abolition Catastrophe, Or the November Smash-up." Instructions for ordering additional copies is at the lower left. Published by Bromley & Co. of New York, copyright 1864. This poster is in very good condition with some folds and tears repaired by its being mounted to heavier paper. Fabulous graphics, would display well.

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