MastroNet August 2005
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Imagine: It's 1884, the presidential campaign is in full swing, and there's a political parade, today, in your town, McComb, Ohio. The outcome of the election is uncertain. On one hand you have Democratic candidates Grover Cleveland and Thomas A. Hendricks; on the other hand, representing the Party currently in the White House, Republicans James G. Blaine and John A. Logan. Your newspaper says the race could go down to the wire. The whole town is abuzz with a fevered pitch of political excitement. As an undecided voter, you stand on the sidelines while the parade passes by, absorbing the chants, the sights, the fervor. What one image do you most certainly take home with you? The vision of this monumental Blaine/Logan banner, hoisted on a tall pole, floating above the sea of marchers like a great ship's mast. You'd already been leaning toward Blaine, trusting his virulent attacks on Cleveland's character, and now that you've seen such an outpouring of public support for him, you commit yourself to casting a ballot on the Republicans' behalf. Only after Election Day do you find out that if just 15,000 other U.S. citizens had made the same decision, Blaine and Logan would be taking the Oath of Office. Instead, a mere 37 votes in the Electoral College has propelled Cleveland and Hendricks to a Democratic victory.
Back to the present day: Amazingly, the hand-painted canvas banner from that long-ago parade has endured to this day, its immense 3 feet x 4-1/2 feet dimensions celebrating one of the closest U.S. presidential elections in history. Arching prominently along the red upper portion are the candidates' names, "BLAINE & LOGAN," just below a border of gold-toned trim bedecked with small rivets. On the banner's main portion, the pair of staid oval portraits stand 12" high and are corralled at top and bottom by the name of the sponsoring organization, McComb's Republican Club. Preservation-wise, the surface exhibits the moderate wear one would expect for a textile of this size and scope. Dark staining afflicts the white canvas at lower left and in other localized areas, but fortunately not affecting to a great extent the painted portions of the banner. A few small chips of paint are present on Logan's face, and a crease runs across the banner below "McComb." Most of the delicate tasseled fringe is intact. Overall, the banner's aesthetic appeal is nothing short of spellbinding. Framed to measure 49" x 61", the one-of-a-kind item is quite a sight to behold, and a spectacular example of political folk art.
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Incredible 1884 Blaine/Logan Campaign Banner
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