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Political Postcards: Historical Background

Postcards were popular during the early years of the twentieth century from 1900 - 1912. Many were humorous. Some poked fun at the opposing party. Others carried slogans. One of the more novel campaign postcards was the mechanical which featured movement. You could pull a tail on a donkey or elephant and the picture of the candidate would appear.

It was also interesting to see how the political symbols were used. The elephant represented the Republican, the donkey the Democratic, and the moose, the Progressive (Bull Moose) parties.

William Howard Taft was known as Billy Possum. This created a series of postcards with possums. Theodore Roosevelt was associated with the bear which gave us the "teddy bear."

The postcards featured in this exhibit are courtesy of the Macy Hallock collection.

Taft
Republican 1908
Bryan
Democrat 1908
Taft
1908
Taft vs. Bryan
1908
Taft
Republican 1908
Satirical GOP
Taft
Republican1912
Wilson
Democrat 1912
Roosevelt
Bull Moose1912
Taft vs. Bryan
1908
Wilson
Democrat 1912
Taft
Republican 1912
Taft
Republican1908/1912
Taft
Republican 1912
Pro Taft
1908
Roosevelt
1912
Taft
Popularized Golf
Anti-Republican
1908

Updated February 22, 2009
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