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Lot # 1612 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1908 Taft vs. Bryan Presidential Campaign Mechanical Postcard Pair

Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $355.50

Pair of mechanical postcards relating to the 1908 Presidential campaign between William Jennings Bryan and eventual winner William Howard Taft. The postcards, issued by I. N. Co. Chicago, depict each candidate positioned on top of moving wheels with illustrated legs and flanking the question "Who is Going to Win the Race?" As the wheels move, the legs become animated and the illusion is given that one man is running away from the other; each postcard depicts a different candidate taking the first position. Both cards bear 1908 postmarks with one sent on election day, November 3, bearing the message "I suppose we will know before you get this. With best wishes." These novelty postcards are classics in the field of political collectibles and are a fascinating reminder of campaign advertising methods from this early era. Total: 2 postcards. Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $355.50

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