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