Campaign cane

Campaign cane
Title
Campaign cane
Date 
ca. 1904
Medium 
Wood, silver, paper cover
Dimensions 
Overall: 35 x 1 x 1 in. (88.9 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm)
Description 
Alton Parker and Henry Davis campaign graphic, fitted to 1893 Columbian Expositon cane.
Credit Line 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Object Number 
2010.24.32
Gallery Label 
The presidential campaign of 1904 was an all-New York contest. The Republicans ran the incumbent Theodore Roosevelt, and the Democrats ran Alton Parker, the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. This wooden cane, covered with red, white, and blue campaign bunting, was a souvenir cane from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, and was probably made for a single or small group of individuals, rather than mass-produced. It features images of Parker and Henry Davis, his running mate. Davis, of West Virginia, was the oldest candidate ever to run for the vice presidency or presidency, at 80 years old.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group