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McKinley Tariff Object Lesson

Object Number: 
ca. 1893
Tin, printed
Overall: 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 7 x 9.5 cm )
Rectangular tin plaque campaign hand out; recto: portraits of Grover Cleveland and Adlai E. Stevsonin circular medals suspended from double pointed spear with bald eagle wings extended, inscribed: "FOR PRESIDENT/GROVER CLEVELAND/FOR VICE PRESDIENT/ADLAI E. STEVENSON" withing oak leaf and acorn and lauren leaf border; on verso: extensively printed with text describing the tax on imported tin in a quartered field. "A McKINLEY TARIFF OBJECT LESSON/ Tax on Tin-Plate nearly 3/4 of actural value/ THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SAYS THE CONSUMER PAYS THIS TAX/ Vote the Democratic Ticket for Tariff Reform./ THIS CARD IS MADE OF IMPORTED TIN PLATE. It wsighs 100 lbx. per box and sells in New York City for $5.20. Out of this abmount the U.S. Govt's receives $2.20 by/virtue of the McKinley Tariff. Therefore, without duty it is sold for #3.00 per box. The consumer pays $5.20 per box. Who does the Republican Party say pays this Tax of 73 1/3% of landed value?/ This is the kind of tin plate in which the Farmer's Tomatoes, Peaches, Peas, etc., etc., and the Fisherman's Lobsters, Oysters, Salmon, etc. are packed and preserved for sale. Cost increased by tax./ The workingman's dinner-pail and part of his dinner, his cups, plates, dishes, washbowls, saucepans and other household utensils are increased in cost by the McKinly Tariff as this sheet of Tin Plate is."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group