T. R. Boom

T. R. Boom

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This object is an original pen and ink political cartoon hand drawn on white paper by Clifford Berryman circa 1912 in Washington, D.C. It depicts presidential candidate Robert M. LaFollette of Wisconsin carrying a sword in his right hand and a shield in his left hand, saying "Who's afraid?" in front of a scary ghost or tree resembling Theodore Roosevelt with the inscription "T.R. Boom." Berryman number “17613” and another number only partially visible (which could also be 17613) are stamped in blue ink in the lower right corner. The drawing is signed "Berryman" in the lower right area of the illustration.
The 1912 presidential campaign had three contenders for the nomination of the Republican Party: Robert M. LaFollette, Senator of Wisconsin; former President Theodore Roosevelt (President 1901-1909) ; and former President William Howard Taft (President 1909-1913). Taft and Roosevelt were the stronger candidates. LaFollette, who was a Progressive Republican in his values, entered the race with an understanding that Roosevelt was the potential candidate to beat. Ultimately, Taft became the nominee.
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Object Name
political cartoon
Object Type
editorial cartoons
date made
ca 1911-1912
associated person
Roosevelt, Theodore
La Follette, Robert M.
Berryman, Clifford
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
ink stamp (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
hand-drawn (overall production method/technique)
overall: 20 in x 16 in; 50.8 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Political Caricatures
Political Campaigns
Presidential Campaign of 1912
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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