June 13, 2012 (REVISED June 18, 2012) Presidential Campaign Posters Subject of Book Discussion

100 Ready-to-Frame Posters Included in New Volume

Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217
Public Contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221

Along with every presidential election year there are memorable campaign posters. There are also ridiculous ones. In “Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art” (Quirk Books, 2012), editors and curators of the Library of Congress have mined the institution’s extraordinary collections for 100 posters – from the campaigns of presidents ranging from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama.

Editors and curators will discuss and sign “Presidential Campaigns” on Tuesday, June 19, at noon, in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is co-sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book and the Library’s Publishing Office. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

“Presidential Campaigns” includes 100 ready-to-frame political campaign posters from the annals of American history. The candidates range from Andrew Jackson (“Defender of Beauty and Booty”) and William Henry Harrison (“Have Some Hard Cider!”) to Richard Nixon (“Nixon’s the One!”), Barack Obama (“Hope”) and many, many more. The posters are backed with colorful historical commentary and additional artwork, and they are bound with perforated edges so they can be removed, framed and displayed.

This book was published by Quirk in association with the Library of Congress.

"Presidential Campaign Posters," a 208-page softcover book (11 x 14 inches) will be available for $40 in bookstores nationwide and in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or shop online at www.loc.gov/shop/.

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PR 12-121
ISSN 0731-3527