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    Grover Cleveland: Anti-Blaine "Mulligan Papers" Folk Art Banner. Incredible 71" x 51" hand-painted folk art banner issued during the Presidential election of 1884. It refers to the "Mulligan Papers" scandal which exposed some letters Blaine had written offering to support railroad legislation that would enhance the value of bonds he owned and later sold at a substantial profit (Blaine ended his letters to Mulligan with the admonition "Burn these!") Blaine's denial of any wrongdoing is here contrasted with Cleveland's admission of fathering a child out of wedlock. It is titled "The Difference Between Two Knights". Cleveland's policy is to "Tell the truth." Blaine, in contrast, pleads with Mulligan on bended knee. Mulligan responds: "Shall I Tell the Truth?" An orange cord is wrapped around a scroll labeled "A History of Corrupt Schemes by J.G.B.". Despite being one of the most corrupt politicians of the 19th century (only eclipsed by Boss Tweed and Ben Butler), Blaine came within a whisker of winning the Presidency and served honorably as Secretary of State and was well-regarded by the public. Some damp stains and spots of blue paint along the right edge. Originally nailed to a wooden stretcher. In excellent overall condition for the genre.

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