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"The Poster In Politics: A Suggestion"

Topic:
The Republican Nomination
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
William Allen Rogers
Date:
February 29, 1896, p. 216
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This fanciful cartoon presents Senator Matthew Quay of Pennsylvania as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. On the issues of the day, he was known primarily as a high-tariff advocate, eager to protect the industry of his home state. This cartoon, however, manifests fears that the Republican Party in 1896 would weaken or jettison its stance in favor of the gold standard. Quay is shown blowing soap bubbles, a visual metaphor for the “soft money” inflationist schemes of “free silver” or (in earlier years) greenbacks. The idea behind the symbol was that soft-soap bubble blowing was a childish game, the inflated result of which soon bursts into nothing.

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