New York: Ballin & Berman, 1888. Large silk handkerchief, approximately 18.5 x 21.5 inches. Printed in red and blue. Quarter-inch tear at lower right corner, one small pinhole at upper right. A few very small patches of staining, light dust soiling. Very good. Item #34
A rare piece of ephemera from the U.S. Presidential election of 1888, touting the protectionist platform of the Republican party and its candidate, Benjamin Harrison. The principal issue of the election was federal tariff policy, with Harrison's Democratic opponent and incumbent, Grover Cleveland, promising a large reduction in tariffs if re-elected and calling the standing policy an unnecessary and unjust taxation. Harrison and the Republicans countered that maintaining the current rate would ensure high wages and economic growth. Harrison lost the popular vote, but won the Electoral College, and Cleveland retook the White House four years later. An attractive memento of the 1888 election and a reminder of the cyclical nature of American politics. We locate two copies, at Cornell and the Library of Congress.