Campaign Gimmick, 1889

Campaign Gimmick, 1889

Description
Democratic and Republican Party leaders would never have chosen the animals that Thomas Nast did to popularize their policies and ideas. The parties typically adopted national symbols, such as the eagle and the flag. After 1840 the Democratic Party often represented itself as a rooster. Such symbols contended, unsuccessfully, with the popularity of donkeys and elephants into the 20th century.
This egg novelty item has a pop-up rooster that reads “I Crow for Harrison”, a message of support for Benjamin Harrison’s candidacy.
associated person
Harrison, Benjamin
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 in x 2 in; 8.89 cm x 7.62 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
PL.227739.1889.X02
catalog number
227739.1889.X02
accession number
227739
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
subject
Political Campaigns
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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