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Lithograph on cotton
frame: 24 3/4 x 24 1/2 x 1 in.; textile: 21 3/4 x 21 x 1/16 in.
Gift of Robert A. Frank
Politcal campaign banner or handkerchief for Wendell Willkie (1892-1944); geometric design, reads "Willkie" on stars and stripes; red, white and blue colors; wooden frame with glass.
A relative political novice when he entered the 1940 race, Wendell Willkie (1892-1944) worked hard to convey his message. Speaking as many as ten times a day, by November he had addressed over two-and-a-half million Americans. To further his cause, Willkie and his supporters put out a number of items bearing his name, like these banners. Despite these efforts, the Democratic incumbent, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), won the election.