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Object Name: Campaign cane
Date: ca. 1936
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Medium: Wood, fabric
Dimensions: Overall: 35 3/4 x 1 x 5 1/8 in. (90.8 x 2.5 x 13 cm)
Description: Alfred Landon and Frank Knox campaign cane.
Credit Line: Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Object Number: 2010.24.43
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In 1936, the Republican candidate against Franklin D. Roosevelt was Governor Alfred Landon of Kansas. The first efforts at polling predicted a Landon victory, although FDR won by an overwhelming margin. By this election, campaign canes were no longer a major item for supporters, but the Landon/Knox ticket did produce one with an American flag embedded in it, along with the candidates' names. The flag was attached to the cane and wrapped around it.