Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Democratic ticket. Stop Van!!! 1 print : wood-engraving and letterpress on wove paper ; 4 x 6.4 cm. (block) | An illustrated election ticket for Martin Van Buren and Richard M. Johnson, listing Ohio Democratic electors for the presidential race of 1836. The ticket is illustrated with a small vignette of a man, possibly Van Buren, bettering another candidate in a race on hogs. The losing rider shouts,...
    • Date: 1836
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    Democratic ticket. Liberty & equal rights 1 print : wood-engraving and letterpress on wove paper ; 4 x 6.2 cm. (block) | An illustrated election ticket for Martin Van Buren and Richard M. Johnson, listing Ohio's Democratic electors for the presidential race of 1836. The ticket is illustrated with a wood-engraving of Van Buren as the "Little Magician," a nickname he acquired for his political adroitness. Dressed in a costume...
    • Date: 1836
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    Jinnoowine [i.e. "genuine"] Johnson ticket. "Carrying the war into Africa" 1 print : wood-engraving with letterpress ; 9.3 x 6.8 cm. (block) | An illustrated election ticket for the presidential campaign of 1836. Oddly, the ticket lists Ohio's Democratic electors for Van Buren while making a vicious and obscene slur on the wife of his running-mate Richard M. Johnson. It seems to reflect the widespread internal dissatisfaction with the party's choice of Johnson as...
    • Date: 1836
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    Democratic ticket. Going the whole hog 1 print : wood-engraving and letterpress on wove paper ; 5.8 x 3.4 cm. (block) | An illustrated election ticket for Martin Van Buren and Richard M. Johnson, listing Ohio Democratic electors for the presidential race of 1836. The ticket is illustrated with a small vignette of a man carrying a hog, and uttering the Democratic campaign slogan "Going the whole Hog." The hog...
    • Date: 1836
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    The honest statesman, his country's steadfast friend. Harry of the West 1 print : engraving on silk ; 11.2 x 5.8 cm. (image) | Campaign badge produced for the Whig National Convention held at Baltimore in May 1844. A bust-length portrait of Whig candidate Henry Clay appears in an oval, against a backdrop of American flags. The oval is surmounted by arrows, an olive branch, and a shield held by an eagle. Above the eagle,...
    • Contributor: Bannerman, William W.
    • Date: 1844
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    Clay Frelinghuysen Markle Stewart 1 print : woodcut printed in red, white, and black on silk ; 35.5 x 42 cm. (fabric) | Print shows a Whig campaign banner composed of a pattern of alternating red and white stripes reminiscent of the American flag. On each of the four white stripes appears the name of a Whig candidate for the 1844 election. These include Henry Clay, vice-presidential hopeful...
    • Date: 1844
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    Leaders of the Democratic Party 1 print : wood-engraving with letterpress on wove paper ; 89.7 x 54 cm (sheet) | A searing, election-year indictment of four prominent figures in the Democratic party, three of them former Confederate officers. Former New York governor and Democratic presidential nominee Horatio Seymour is portrayed as a "rioter." Standing in a burning city, he waves his hat in the air while he steps...
    • Contributor: Nast, Thomas
    • Date: 1868
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    The people's welfare my reward 1 print : engraving on silk ; 18.5 x 7.2 cm. (fabric) | Another Whig campaign badge, featuring a bust-length portrait of presidential candidate Henry Clay, with books, drapery, and the base of a column in the background. Above Clay's portrait is the motto: "The Peoples Welfare---My Reward." Below the portrait is a statement by Clay, conveying his campaign themes of support for protectionism...
    • Date: 1844
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    Federal-Abolition-Whig trap, to catch voters in 1 print : woodcut on wove paper ; 10.6 x 11.5 cm. (image), 32.1 x 19.2 cm. (sheet) | An illustrated anti-Whig broadside, designed to combat the "Log Cabin campaign" tactics of presidential candidate William Henry Harrison. The text warns the people of New Orleans of Whig election propaganda: "People of Louisiana, above you have an accurate representation of the federal "Log-Cabin" Trap, invented...
    • Date: 1840
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    Our country's hope. Harrison & reform 4th May 1840 1 print : etching printed on satin ; 22.7 x 7.8 cm. (fabric) | A Whig campaign ribbon, produced for the Young Men's National Convention held in Baltimore in May. At the top in a corona of stars is a fasces. Below it an eagle holds a streamer with the words "Union for the Sake of the Union" above a bust portrait of William...
    • Contributor: Horton, John S.
    • Date: 1840
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    For President: James K. Polk, of Tennessee. For Vice President: George M. Dallas, of Pennsylvania 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on wove paper ; 14.5 x 5 cm. (sheet) | A Democratic election ticket for the 1844 presidential campaign, issued sometime between May 29, when Polk received the Democratic nomination, and the November canvass. The ticket names the party's eight electors for the state of Maryland and is illustrated with the device of an American flag on a...
    • Date: 1844
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    Why dont you take it? 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25 x 40 cm. (image) | In February 1861 Washington was alarmed by rumors that secessionists planned to seize the city and make it the capital of the Confederacy. The print may have been produced in that context, or during Lincoln's call to arms and rather anxious military build-up of the capital in April. Here, General...
    • Contributor: Beard, Frank T. - Vent, Starr & Co.
    • Date: 1861
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    John Brown exhibiting his hangman 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.2 x 21.4 cm. (image) | Northern rejoicing at the end of the Civil War often took the form of vengeful if imaginary portrayals of the execution of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Here abolitionist martyr John Brown rises from the grave to confront Davis, although in actuality the latter had nothing to do with Brown's 1859...
    • Contributor: Querner, G.
    • Date: 1865
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    Bobalition of slavery 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 12 x 17.5 cm. | Another in the series of "bobalition" broadsides, marking the July 14 celebration of the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. (See no. 1819-2). The text, facetiously dated "Uly 14teenth 18 hundred and 30 tu," consists of a letter to "Captain Ookpate" from "Pomp Peters" and "Cezar Garbo"...
    • Date: 1832
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    Reply to bobalition of slavery 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 10.5 x 24 cm. | One of several racist parodies of black American illiteracy, dialect, and manners issued in Boston at various times between 1819 and 1832. Others in the series are "Grand Bobalition or Great Annibersary Fussible" (no. 1821-1), "Grand and Splendid Bobalition of Slavery" (1822, Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania),...
    • Date: 1819
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    Grand bobalition, or "Great anniversary fussible" 1 print : woodcut with letterpress, on laid paper ; 12 x 17.5 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides parodying the manners, illiteracy, and dialect of Boston blacks. (See no. 1819-2.) The illustration shows a black militia troop marching from left to right. The text, facetiously dated "Bosson, Uly 14, 18021" consists of a letter of instruction from "Cesar Crappo" to...
    • Date: 1821
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    Grand celebrashun ob de bobalition ob African slaver!!! 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 11.5 x 19 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides parodying the manners, illiteracy, and dialect of Boston blacks. (See no. 1819-2.) This one is facetiously dated "Uly 14, 1825, 6 month and little more beside," suggesting it appeared in 1825 or 1826. It is illustrated with silhouette figures of black men,...
    • Date: 1825
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    Dreadful Riot on Negro Hill! 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on wove paper ; 12.3 x 18.5 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides, parodying black manners, illiteracy, and dialect. (See no. 1819-2.) The text describes, in the words of a "letter from Phillis to her sister in the country," a nocturnal attack by white Bostonians on black freedmen and their homes. The letter is facetiously...
    • Date: 1827
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    New England Convention Bunker Hill. September 10TH. 1840 1 print : etching and engraving, printed on silk ; 16.5 x 7.6 cm. (fabric) | Campaign badge produced for the New England Whig Convention in Boston, September 10-11, 1840. An aureole of light surrounds an oval bust portrait of Harrison, ringed by medallions of the arms of the states of (clockwise from upper left) Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island....
    • Date: 1840
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    Public meeting. A general meeting of the friends of Harrison & reform . . . 1 print : wood-engraving with letterpress, on wove paper ; 12 x 17 cm. (block) | An illustrated broadside announcing a "general meeting of the friends of Harrison & Reform" in Alton (Illinois) on May 9, 1840. Harrison, in farmer's clothes and broad-brimmed hat, stands next to a plough. Behind him is a barrel of hard cider, a log cabin, and another log building...
    • Date: 1840
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    [A metamorphosis print on the hanging of Jefferson Davis] 1 print : wood-engraving on wove paper ; 14.7 x 22.9 cm. (printed surface, open) | "Metamorphosis" prints usually consist of folding flaps, each printed with part of a design and which, when opened sequentially, show several consecutive scenes. This example is an imaginary view of the hanging of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. (Davis was actually only imprisoned.) For another of the many popular...
    • Date: 1865
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    The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt. 1 print : engraving with watercolor, on laid paper ; 25.8 x 33.4 cm. (plate) | A sensationalized portrayal of the skirmish, later to become known as the "Boston Massacre," between British soldiers and citizens of Boston on March 5, 1770. On the right a group of seven uniformed soldiers, on the signal of an officer, fire into a crowd of civilians at left....
    • Contributor: Revere, Paul
    • Date: 1770
  • Collection
    Cartoon Prints, American This assemblage of more than 500 prints made in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries encompasses several forms of political art. Most of the prints are from the division's PC/US series, which consists of individually cataloged political cartoons and caricatures. All of the prints meet two criteria: they were originally designed to express sentiments relating to civic life and government in the United...
    • Contributor: Baillie, James S. - Bucholzer, H. - Childs, John - Clay, Edward Williams - Currier, Nathaniel - Magee, John L. - Maurer, Louis - Robinson, Henry R. - Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1766

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    The American ram 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 23 x 31.7 cm. (sheet, trimmed to image below) | On the cover of a patriotic song dedicated to Lincoln's secretary of the navy Gideon Welles Uncle Sam rides a "ram," or ironclad steam vessel, down the Mississippi River. The Library's copy of the music cover was deposited for copyright on August 22, 1863, soon after...
    • Contributor: Greene, H. F. (Henry F.), Approximately 1828 - Tolman & Co.
    • Date: 1863
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    Wanted a substitute 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.5 x 22.7 cm (sheet, trimmed to within image below) | An illustrated sheet music cover, which protests the inequities of the draft or proscription system enacted under the Enrollment Act of 1863. The act allowed drafted men to purchase an exemption or to furnish a surrogate or "substitute" in lieu of their own service. The...
    • Contributor: Oliver Ditson & Co.
    • Date: 1863