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1912 Roosevelt-Johnson Progressive Party Campaign Postcard
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $575.00
Large format (4.5 x 7.5 inches) 1912 Progressive Party campaign jugate postcard features portraits of TR and his running mate Hiram Johnson. 1912 TR-Johnson jugate campaign items are particularly scarce and are highly prized by collectors. This Pennsylvania postcard issue is one of the few postcards, or paper items of any kind, from the 1912 campaign which feature portraits of both Roosevelt and Johnson. For a postcard, even one slightly oversized, this campaign piece includes a tremendous amount of campaign information, including very aggressive negative campaigning against Taft and Wilson. From this card we learn that "A vote for Taft is a vote for Penrose, Standard Oil, crooked business, crooked politics and all other powers that prey." Wilson's positions are also neatly summarized ("A vote for Wilson is a vote for pauper wages and empty dinner pails"). Fortunately, we are presented with a third choice: "Roosevelt is the candidate of the plain people...A vote for Roosevelt is a vote for your country and a living wage for both man and woman." There doesn't seem to be much to think about, having carefully read the information presented. Apparently not many of these postcards were distributed (accounting for their rarity today), as Wilson did, in fact, win the election of 1912. One of the most interesting campaign postcards of the era, extremely desirable both as a campaign postcard and as a TR-Johnson jugate. Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $575.00
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