Virginia Union Ticket, 1860


More so than the distinguishing marks of party symbols or candidate portraits, color helped observers identify party ballots as they were cast—and who cast them. Voting was still not entirely secret. The parties printed and distributed paper ballots cut from sheets. Virginia’s Union Party issued a pink paper ticket in 1860.

Associated Date: 1860 11 06

Associated Place: United States: Virginia

General Subject Association: Political CampaignsUsed: Voting


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1860.T14Catalog Number: 227739.1860.T14Accession Number: 227739

Object Name: Ballot

Physical Description: paper (overall material)buff, black (overall color)Measurements: overall: 5 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_520214

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