McKinley Campaign Flask

Flasks and bottles promoting presidential candidates first appeared in 1824. They declined in popularity in the 1850s but remerged as campaign items at the end of the nineteenth century. This small glass bottle (just over five inches in height) promoted the 1896 Republican candidate William McKinley with his image on one side and an eagle molded in the glass on the reverse. Similar containers were also made in support of William Jennings Bryan, the Democratic candidate McKinley defeated in 1896 and again in 1900.
associated person
McKinley, William
Bryan, William Jennings
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 5 1/8 in x 4 in x 1 1/2 in; 13.0175 cm x 10.16 cm x 3.81 cm
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Ralph E. Becker
Political Campaigns
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Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History