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Object Name: Campaign kerchief
Date: 1888
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Medium: Cotton
Dimensions: Overall (including backing board): 27 3/4 × 27 in. (70.5 × 68.6 cm) Overall (image): 24 1/4 × 22 in. (61.6 × 55.9 cm)
Place made: United States
Description: Red, white, and blue printed cotton campaign kerchief depicting portraits of Grover Cleveland and Allen Thurman with patriotic symbols including bald eagle and American flag. Four corners with crossed flags; left side text: "TARIFF REFORM/ FOR REVENUE ONLY", right side text: "NO SURPLUS/ LOW TAXES"; center text surrounding portraits: "FOR PRESIDENT/ GROVER CLEVELAND/ OF/ NEW YORK", "FOR VICE PRESIDENT/ ALLEN G. THURMAN/ OF/ OHIO", "THE/ UNION/ FOR/ EVER/ PUBLIC OFFICE/ A/ PUBLIC TRUST". Mounted onto fabric covered board.
Credit Line: Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Object Number: 2010.24.161
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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."