Posters & Prints
Posters and printed materials used in campaigns throughout American history.
It’s hard to pick the most disquieting element of this Grover Cleveland card. The disembodied arm? The bizarrely made-up face with giant eyes? The vague Goatse resemblance? Portrait card from the Susan H. Douglas Political Americana Collection, Rare & Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, Cornell University.
Though this Warren Harding / Calvin Coolidge campaign card from 1920 found its way to the The New York Public Library, the reference to Pennsylvania Senator Boies Penrose (generally credited with the famous quip: "Public office is the last refuge of a scoundrel") suggests it originated there.
Al Smith: Honest - Able - Fearless. Born on New York’s Lower East Side in 1873, Al Smith rose from Fulton Fish Market boy to four-term governor, spearheading a number of reforms that improved the lives of poor and working class families - all while reducing the size of government.