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1932 Presidential campaign kercheif for the Socialist Party

Object Number: 
2003.73
Date: 
1932
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. ( 28.6 x 29.2 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: printed: "Socialist/Party/President/Norman Thomas/Vice President/James Maurer/Governor/Louis Waldman/Lt. Governor/Charles W. Noonan/Mayor/Morris Hillquit"
Description: 
Red cotton kerchief, unhemmed, printed in white with arm bearing torch and names of 1932 Socialist candidates for presidential and New York City and State campaigns. Inscribed: Socialist/Party/President/Norman Thomas/Vice President/James Maurer/Governor/Louis Waldman/Lt. Governor/Charles W. Noonan/Mayor/Morris Hillquit
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief was distributed by the Socialist Party of America in 1932. Although Morris Hillquit received 100,000 votes in his bid for mayor, 1932 marked the SPA's last strong showing in an election. Workers, particularly those from the garment industry, who formed the party's base in the 1920's, fled either to the Democratic Party or to the more radical Communist Party.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
Sold as lot #383, Slater's Provenance auction, June 24, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group