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Object Name Fan, Hand
Common Name Fan, Political
Catalog Number 1988.14.137
Date 1956
Material(s) Paper
Dimensions H-10 W-7.625 inches
Description This cardstock fan has a trapezoidal shape and a small circle (.75 inches in diameter) at the bottom so a person could hold the fan. A thin white border with a blue scalloped design runs across the top edge of the fan. Below this is a blue background which has a lithograph print of Humphrey Hubert on the right in a suit and tie and a white printed outline of the U.S. Capitol building to the left. In an oval shaped text box to the left of Humphrey's image and under the capitol are the words "1956 / Democratic National Convention / Chicago, Illinois." Beneath this text is a union printer's label which is oval shaped and reads "Allied Printing / Trades Council / Union Label / Minneapolis" and has a small number "3" on its right side. In the image of Humphrey, on his lower right coat lapel, is another union trademark. This one is printed in white ink, is diamond shaped, and reads "I.E.P.U" in the center with the number "384" to its left side. Right above the finger hole and below the images is another thin scalloped border in blue ink on a white background. Centered below the finger hole is printed, in cursive script "Humphrey Hospitality House" with all of the beginning H's capitalized and bolded. Under this in normal type is printed "Room 900 - Conrad Hilton Hotel / Phone: HArrison 7-2575." The back of the fan is identical to the front.
Notes The 1956 Democratic Convention was held at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois from August 13–17, 1956. This fan was in support of Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. (then a Senator from Minnesota, later the 38th Vice President of the United States). Humphrey was in the race to be nominated as the running mate to the chosen Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson made a surprise announcement that the convention's delegates would choose his running mate. This set off a desperate scramble among several candidates to win the nomination. Humphrey lost the bidding war to Estes Kefauver.

This object was donated on November 14, 1988 by Drexell Davis. Davis, a self-described "Yellow Dog" Democrat, held several elected positions in the Kentucky state government. His thirty-three years of public service prompted his interest in collecting political memorabilia.
Collection Drexell R. Davis Collection
Event Democratic National Convention 1956
People Humphrey, Hubert H.
Subjects Candidates, Political
Capitol buildings
Nominations, Political
Political conventions
Politics & government
Vice presidents
Search Terms Chicago (Ill.)
Democratic National Convention
Democratic Party
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS