200 Years of Campaign Posters

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

1968 George Romney Republican Nomination Poster (Library of Congress)

W. Ralph Eubanks, publishing director at the Library of Congress and author of Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art, and Brooke Gladstone, co-host of WNYC's On the Media, talk about the new collection of campaign posters from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama.

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1944 FDR Presidential Election Poster
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1984 Reagan Re-Election Poster
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1896 McKinley Presidential Campaign Poster
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1968 George Romney Republican Nomination Poster
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1968 Richard Nixon Campaign Poster
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1908 Taft Presidential Campaign Poster
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1896 Bryan and Sewall Presidential Election Broadside
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1860 Lincoln Cigar Ad "El Biejo Onesto Abe"
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2004 George W. Bush Poster
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1833 King Andrew the First Lithograph
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2008 Obama Election Poster


W. Ralph Eubanks and Brooke Gladstone

Comments [11]

Susan from Westchester, NY

Mr. Eubanks was wrong about the '68 NH primary. McCarthy didn't "win," he got 42% to Johnson's 49%. However, this was enough to make Johnson withdraw from the race as he was too weak. Please correct this incorrect assumption.

May. 16 2012 11:20 AM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, Ca.

The parts of the brain that parse and generate meaning from images are different to the ones that deal with words, and (in my arrogant and correct opinion) inferior in that they are less intimately acquainted than logic---you can show bikini'd models next to slobs drinking beer and some deep part in the male brain will conclude that you can be a snob and still pull bikini'd models, with all the certainty that back on the Serengeti told you that everything you saw were true.

Words, or course, can be used to emotionally manipulate---viz esp. "snarl" words like 'bizarre', 'Socialist', 'Fascist', 'Kenyan', 'plutocrat', 'European' which attempt to supervene rational thought through the provocation of hatred---but they at least can be looked-at one-by-one, parsed, and (ultimately) checked to see if they make sense when put together.

Our political decline is directly correlated with the rise of the Image as the dominant means of persuasion. Both parties are guilty of it, given that it is effective, but I think the Right do it more, because 0.) I don't like the Right, biasing my perception, and 1.) the modern Right privilege the gut-brain over the neo-cortex...but I fully expect the Obama campaign---centrists in any event---to use as much negative gut-response to Romney as they can....

May. 16 2012 11:13 AM
Ariadne from NYC

The iconic Uncle Sam poster is actually lifted directly from British recruitment posters for Lord Kitchner's Army during WWI (as the Brits didn't have much of a standing army in 1914):

May. 16 2012 10:57 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Reagan's wanting to "bring America back" to the '50s was exactly the problem.

May. 16 2012 10:52 AM
The Trutj from Becky

I say we stay the course with "Hope and Change" !

May. 16 2012 10:52 AM

Andrew Jackson - An opponent of the central Bank. Un-chartered the Second Bank of the US. Shot at with flintlock pistols that misfired: click click.

May. 16 2012 10:48 AM

Regan - An proponent of a sound money.

May. 16 2012 10:45 AM

1896 McKinley - An opponent of a central Bank creating fiat money.

May. 16 2012 10:44 AM

1968 George Romney - Was born in Mexico of a British or Mexican Father. His mother took his father's citizenship when she married him. George was not a Natural Born Citizen. George never naturalized as a US Citizen. George was not Constitutionally qualified to be President.
His children are not Natural Born Citizens (Born in the US of citizen parents).
Mitt Romney is not Constitutionally qualified to be President.

May. 16 2012 10:35 AM
Laura from UWS

Utterly depressing topic but looking back on history, I find the McKinley poster most telling. You might be interested to see his re-election campaign poster:

Too bad the Anti-Imperialist League didn't have better posters?

May. 16 2012 10:21 AM
Eric from Brooklyn

The 2004 Bush poster looks to be a post-Election county-by-county results map. It is celebration poster by a partisan non-official source (it says on the bottom). So though not official or prior to the election, it does a good job of reflecting that election - Right Wing arrogance and bullying, translating a slim victory into landslide in order to ride roughshod over "the enemy" (liberalism portrayed as equal to terrorism). I just recalled all the emotions of that terrible election, the election that made me cynical and unforgiving of American politics.

May. 16 2012 10:02 AM

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