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Political Bandanna for Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) and Allen G. Thurman (1813-1895)
1888
H. B. Hall's Sons
USA: New York, New York City
Lithograph on cotton
frame: 25 x 28 1/2 x 1 in.; textile: 21 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 1/16 in.
Gift of Robert A. Frank
2001.067.11

Political campaign bandanna for Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) and Allen G. Thurman (1813-1895); red, white and black with eagle, crossed cannons and flag at top; bust portraits of Cleveland and Thurman; legend reads "For President / Grover Cleveland / of New York / For Vice President / Allen G. Thurman / of / Ohio / Public Office / A Public Trust"; crossed flags bear legends "Tariff Reform / For Revenue Only / No Surplus / Low Taxes"; also "The Union For Ever" between portraits; wooden frame with glass.


The 1888 presidential campaign is marked by the vast number of political objects produced. Many of the items championing sitting president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) include a rooster as the symbol of the Democratic party, or crossed brooms, signifying that the candidates would "sweep clean the stables of government." Cleveland and his running mate, Allen G. Thurman (1813-1895) lost to Republicans Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) and Levi P. Morton (1824-1920). Cleveland was Mayor of Buffalo, New York in 1882 and Governor of New York from 1883 to 1884. He served two terms as President of the United States, from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897, but lost the election between his two terms when running with Thurman. Thurman was a Senator for Ohio from 1869 to 1881.