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The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State
Oil on canvas
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Overall: 35 3/4 x 1 x 5 1/8 in. (90.8 x 2.5 x 13 cm)
Alfred Landon and Frank Knox campaign cane.
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
In 1936, the Republican candidate against Franklin D. Roosevelt was Governor Alfred Landon of Kansas. The first efforts at polling predicted a Landon victory, although FDR won by an overwhelming margin. By this election, campaign canes were no longer a major item for supporters, but the Landon/Knox ticket did produce one with an American flag embedded in it, along with the candidates' names. The flag was attached to the cane and wrapped around it.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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