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    Anti-Abraham Lincoln: Important Large, Full Color 1864 Campaign Cartoon Titled "The Miscegenation Ball." This mammoth 22" x 17.5" print was published by Bromley and Co., New York. It describes the scene: "The MISCEGENATION BALL at the Headquarters of the Lincoln Central Campaign Club, corner of Broadway and 23rd St New York September 22, 1864 being a perfect facsimile of the room..." It asserts, "No sooner were the formal proceedings and speeches hurried through with, than the room was cleared for a 'negro ball', which then and there took place!...On the floor during the progress of the ball were many of the accredited leaders of the Black Republican party,...Republican OFFICE HOLDERS, and prominent men of various degrees, and at least one PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR OF THE REPUBLICAN TICKET." The scene is of blacks and whites dancing and smooching together while a large portrait of Abe Lincoln looks down on the scene. In the lower left corner are listed the prices for additional copies of both black-and-white and colored copies of the cartoon (the color versions sold for $.35 each, or four for one dollar!). Almost without exception, political cartoon prints of this era were available only in black and white form. Size, color, and subject matter combine with rarity to make this a highly significant 1864 political poster. This is the only example we have ever encountered. With it came another of the series, also in color, which were sold in a late 1990s Chicago auction of the political collection of 1936 Republican presidential candidate Alfred M. Landon. It was glued down to a board many decades ago, but is now quite stable, and there has not been damaging or discoloring glue bleed-through. Light age browning and several trivial paper flaws do not detract.

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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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