McClellan Presidential Campaign Lantern, 1864

Summary

Late-nineteenth-century political parties rallied their supporters by holding torchlight parades. In the evening, marchers lit up the street carrying torches, lamps and lanterns. Inexpensive paper lanterns glowed with the image or name of the party's candidate or other patriotic imagery. In 1864, backers of General George McClellan used lanterns like this to call for the defeat of the "Old Joker," President Abraham Lincoln.

Late-nineteenth-century political parties rallied their supporters by holding torchlight parades. In the evening, marchers lit up the street carrying torches, lamps and lanterns. Inexpensive paper lanterns glowed with the image or name of the party's candidate or other patriotic imagery. In 1864, backers of General George McClellan used lanterns like this to call for the defeat of the "Old Joker," President Abraham Lincoln.

Artifact

Paper lantern

Date Made

1864

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

72.31.53

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)
Wire

Color

Black (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 in

Width: 8.75 in

Length: 8.75 in

Inscriptions

Printing on four sides: The Union For Ever! [sic] The Old Joker Joked Out Bayonets Not to be Used at the Poles [sic] No Coerce of Voters Printed on bottom: PATENT APPLIED FOR / K & B / NEW YORK.

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