OUTSTANDING AND RARE WILLIAM McKINLEY "PROSPERITY" COLOR LITHO POSTER.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:00:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
32.25x45" frame with 27x40" opening. Poster has "Northwestern Litho Co. Milwaukee" in bottom left corner. This impressive poster is the recognized leader of golden age political campaign lithography and is easily the most highly sought after display item produced for McKinley's 1900 re-election campaign. At bottom a group of laborers, military personnel (one with a "GAR" hat) and businessmen hold a large gold dollar labeled "Sound Money" above their heads. Standing on top of the coin is McKinley holding his top hat in his left hand and steadying a large American flag with his right. The background features a ship yard at left labeled "Commerce" and an industrial scene with billowing clouds of factory smoke at right labeled "Civilization." Across the top and to the right of the candidate, additional text reads "Prosperity At Home, Prestige Abroad." Three trivial tears along top edge, and most notable is a less than 2" repaired tear at top left of center that does not affect the striking central graphics. A few scattered and tiny areas of inpainting contained in top third and noticeable only upon detailed inspection. Exc. A beautifully crafted poster with an abundance of fresh color and details. Of the few known examples the vast majority have noticeable condition issues. The present example represents a rare opportunity to obtain an investment grade campaign artifact that would rank as a center piece even in the most advanced collections. Professionally framed and matted to museum standards with "Tru-Vue" glass to protect against 97% of UV rays and ready to hang out of the box for years of enjoyment by the successful bidder.
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