Political Cartoon, "Honest Abe Taking Them on the Half Shell," 1860

Summary

This political cartoon for the 1860 presidential campaign depicts Abraham Lincoln, the fledgling Republican Party presidential candidate, handily taking on rival candidates while eating at the "Political Oyster House". He was facing three other presidential hopefuls. Northern Democrats turned to Stephen Douglas of Illinois, while southern Democrats selected John C. Breckenridge of Kentucky. In addition, John Bell of Tennessee, was a third party choice.

This political cartoon for the 1860 presidential campaign depicts Abraham Lincoln, the fledgling Republican Party presidential candidate, handily taking on rival candidates while eating at the "Political Oyster House". He was facing three other presidential hopefuls. Northern Democrats turned to Stephen Douglas of Illinois, while southern Democrats selected John C. Breckenridge of Kentucky. In addition, John Bell of Tennessee, was a third party choice.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

1860

Subject Date

1860

Creators

Currier & Ives 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Published by Currier & Ives

Collection Title

Print Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

26.93.38

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Ink
paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Black (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 13 in

Width: 17.25 in

Inscriptions

Printed at bottom: HONEST ABE TAKING THEM ON THE HALF SHELL. At upper left corner: POLITICAL OYSTER HOUSE./ Hardshells & Softshells/ constantly on hand/ Democrats Fried, Stewed, Roasted/ or on the Half Shell Caption from figure of Stephen Douglas on shell labeled Soft Shell: I'm a gone sucker!! Caption from figure of John Breckinridge on shell labeled ? Shell: Alas! that ever I should live to be swallowed by a rail splitter! Cation from Abraham Lincoln: These fellows have been planted so long in Washington that they are as fat as Butter. I hardly know which to swallow first. At bottom: Published by Currier & Ives

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