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    William Henry Harrison: Historic and Unique "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" Kerchief. "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" ranks with "I like Ike" as perhaps the most memorable slogans in the history of American political campaigns. It refers of course to Harrison's nickname stemming from his victory over Tecumseh at the Battle of Tippecanoe, which first made him a national figure. The slogan was actually the title of a song which became the anthem of the 1840 Whig campaign. The North American Review wrote that it was "in the political canvas of 1840 what the Marseillaise was to the French Revolution. It sang Harrison into the presidency." Folk music authority Irwin Silber has declared that the song "firmly established the power of singing as a campaign device." Indeed, Harrison himself purportedly wrote a letter to the composer, thanking him for writing the song and giving it a great deal of credit for his election.

    Given the ubiquitous role of the slogan in the campaign, it is surprising that it doesn't appear on more 1840 campaign novelties. Of the 100+ varieties of silk Harrison campaign ribbons, we are aware of none with the words "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too." Perhaps its reproduction was limited because the song itself was copyrighted by G. E. Blake of Philadelphia.

    As an interesting footnote, an 1893 obituary of an inventor states, "He came to the United States (from Ireland) with his parents, and for years assisted his father in the manufacturing of silk handkerchiefs. Subsequently he became proficient in color mixing, designing on wood, and engraving, and in the Harrison campaign manufactured the 'Tippecanoe and Tyler Too' handkerchief."

    We have never before encountered the slogan on a campaign textile, and exhaustive research by the previous owner failed to turn up a single instance. While all Harrison campaign bandanas are rare and sought-after, this is surely a very special example.

    In the center is Harrison (the Farmer of North Bend, a campaign conceit designed to depict him as a man of the people in post-Jacksonian America. In fact he was a wealthy landowner from a prominent old Virginia family), with his humble log cabin, plow, and "hard cider" barrels. Condition is remarkable, with just the slightest bit of light age toning. 20.5" x 21.5", nicely custom framed to 27.5" x 27.5".


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