Campaign cane

Campaign cane
Campaign cane
Campaign cane
ca. 1888
Bamboo, steel
Overall: 34 7/8 x 1 x 1 3/4 in. (88.6 x 2.5 x 4.4 cm)
Thomas Nast GOP convention stick.
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Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
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Thomas Nast was the leading political cartoonist of the Gilded Age, and had an enormous influence on American imagery. He was the creator of the images of the donkey for the Democratic Party, and the elephant for the Republicans. He identified the elephant as early as 1874 as symbolic of the Republican strength and intelligence. In 1888, small canes with elephants were handed out at the Republican Convention and other rallying points for supporters of Benjamin Harrison. This cane is representative of that type.
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Creative: Tronvig Group