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William Jennings Bryan Rare 1900 Campaign Poster Democrat Progressive Print 1608 For Sale
The2FunAdGuyz offer a new, high quality reproduction print of an amazing 1900 political campaign poster for the Democratic Party, William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860toJuly 26, 1925). Bryan was one of the most interesting American politicians and ran three unsuccessful campaigns for President of the United States in 1896, 1900 and 1908, all as a populist Democrat. This rare poster may be one of his best because it clearly presents the major themes of his political philosophy.
William Jennings Bryan dominates the poster with a tremendous head and shoulders color portrait in a central, ornate roundel. Two American flags are on either side of the portrait. The ribbon at the bottom of that reads E Pluribus Unum. Above the flags are two symbols of the American farmer, the rooster and the plow. Bryan was a Jacksonian Democrat who campaigned as a Progressive champion of both farmer and worker.
The slogan at the top reads, The Issue—1900 – Liberty – Justice – Humanity. On the left of this slogan is a cracked, bronze liberty bell with 1776 and Liberty engraved on it. The silver bell on the right has the date 1900 and the slogan No Imperialism inscribed on it.
The ribbon above Bryans portrait contains his name as W. J. Bryan and the words No Crown of Thorns on the left and No Cross of Gold on the right. These are phrases from Bryans 1896 acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination, considered by many historians to be the finest campaign address in American politics. The phrases refer to his battle against the gold standard that dominated this era. Bryan was a free silver candidate.
On the lower portion of the poster, we first see a small rolled, white scroll with the words Declaration of Independence written on it and an American flag below it. On the American flag on the left is an overlay of symbol of Justice, a blindfolded woman with the scale of Justice in her left hand and a sword in her right. The right flag is overlaid with the Statue of Liberty, beneath which three men wave three flags—although which ones we are not sure. They probably refer to some groups fighting Spain in the Spanish-American War. Bryan was anti-imperialist and supported groups overthrowing imperialists. Below the three men is the phrase, Give us Liberty or give us Death.
The image on the lower left is rich with the symbolism of the virulent anti-trust platform of populist political movements of the time. A giant octopus labeled Trusts encircles its tentacles around four of the trustbusters favorite targets. Starting at the top and moving counter-clockwise, the four images and the type printed beneath them (these are small and in light typeface) are Standard Oil Trust, U. S. Biscuit Co., American Tobacco Trust, and the American Steel Trust.
On the left of the octopus, an allegorical female figure is about to attack the octopus with a hatchet labeled Democracy.
In the lower center is a reproduction of the Dollar of the Daddies, with the number 16 engraved upon it. Of course, silver advocates used them as symbols. The coins were valued at a ratio of 16:1, silver to gold and hence the number 16.
William Jennings Bryan lost the election of 1900 to William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. However, Bryan ran a tireless campaign that established the model of the stump speech and whistle stop campaign tours. He ran again in 1908 and again lost. He would later become President Woodrow Wilsons Secretary of State.
William Jennings Bryan was a deeply religious man and we remember him today as the opponent of Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial. It would be his last victory for he would die 5 days later.
Bryan was a strange mix of progressive politician and evangelical, religious conservative, an idea we find difficult to comprehend in the 21st Century. While in Bryans real life these ideas were difficult to make, they are more understandable in this poster. It is absolutely a masterpiece example of last of the nineteenth century political campaign posters.
DECORATING USES: This stunning image will enhance a home library, den, recreation room or a bar. We especially recommend it as decor on the wall of a law office, classroom or a public building.
NOTE: In accordance with Federal Law, the Hobby Protection Act and policy, a clear, unobtrusive marking bearing the date of printing is on the reverse side of this item.
Note: The2FunAdGuyz restored this poster to near its original state. We have corrected most cracks, stains and other age-related problems. Many vintage poster and prints sold on are not restored and, as a result, may disappoint buyers. When you display this print in your home or give it as a gift, we want you to be proud.
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