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    George B. McClellan and Horatio Seymour: A Possibly Unique and Seminal "Coat-tail" Poster.
    This is the first time we have encountered this elegant poster by Lewis & Goodwin, Albany, New York. Almost certainly it was an 1864 campaign issue. Although "coat-tail" political broadsides appeared as early as the 1820s, we cannot recall seeing an example with portraits from this era or earlier.

    The ornate design features the traditional Democratic obeisance to Washington, Jefferson, and Jackson, with the principal images being those of McClellan ("The Union") and Seymour ("The Laws"). Little Mac was running against Lincoln in 1864, while Seymour was engaged in an unsuccessful attempt at re-election as New York's governor. His opposition to draft laws and sympathy with protestors during the infamous 1863 New York City draft riots put him squarely at odds with President Lincoln, and he was widely regarded as "soft" on the breakaway South.

    This large 16" x 21" poster is in gorgeous, near-mint condition, and a prize for collectors of campaign posters of that era.


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    November, 2019
    2nd Saturday
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