Campaign kerchief

Campaign kerchief
Title
Campaign kerchief
Date 
1888
Medium 
Cotton
Dimensions 
Overall: 22 1/4 x 24 in. ( 56.5 x 61 cm )
Description 
Cotton lithographed campaign kerchief from Grover Cleveland and Allen G. Thurman's presidential and vice-presidential campaign; portraits of both in the center with an American bald eagle and flag above; crossed flags in the corners and a diamond pattern along the white stripe border; printed in red, blue and black ink on a white ground; red background.
Object Number 
INV.6634.1
Marks 
printed: in center: "THE/ UNION/ FOR/ EVER/ PUBLIC OFFICE/ A/ PUBLIC TRUST/ FOR PRESIDENT/ GROVER CLEVELAND/ OF/ NEW YORK./ FOR VICE PRESIDENT/ ALLEN G. THURMAN./ OFF/ OHIO." printed: on crosed flags: "NO SURPLUS/ LOW TAXES/ TARIFF REFORM/ FOR REVENUE ONLY"
Gallery Label 
Cleveland (1837-1908) and Thurman (1831-1895) were defeated in the presidential campaign of 1888. According to Hillary Weiss in "The American Bandanna," "one night at a Democratic rally, vice-presidential nominee Allen Thurman pulled a red bandana from his pocket, complaining it would have been cheaper without the import tariff. He was dubbed 'Old Pockethandkercheif,' ... and the red bandanna itself, became the Democrats' 1888 symbol of consumer rights."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group