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Object Name Poster, Political
Title Country Above Self
Catalog Number 1986.88.24
Date ca. 1955
Material(s) Paper
Dimensions H-41 W-28 inches
Description This large campaign poster is on very thin paper and has a large color photograph of Adlai Stevenson at its center. Across the top of the poster is a blue text box with white letters that read "'Country above self' / - Adlai Stevenson." Under this text is the color photograph of Stevenson in a suit and blue tie. The photograph has a light gray background. Under the image is another blue text box with white letters that read "Volunteers for / Stevenson." The "v" of "volunteers" has been created from a draw hand with the index and middle finger forming the "v". In the bottom left corner in very small white text are the words "National Headquarters: 7 South Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois." To the right of this text is a printer's union trademark. The mark is oval shaped and reads "Local No. 7 / Amalgamated / Lithographers / of America / Milwaukee." There is a small number "11" to the left of this mark.
Notes Adlai Ewing Stevenson II was an American politician who served as the 31st Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953. He also received the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 1952 and 1956; both times he was defeated by Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. He tried again for the nomination in 1960 Presidential Election but was defeated when the party chose Senator John F. Kennedy as their candidate. After his election, Kennedy appointed Stevenson as the Ambassador to the United Nations, a post he held from 1961 to his death in 1965.
He was the grandson of Adlai E. Stevenson I who served as Vice President of the United States from 1893 until 1897.

This object was donated on December 30, 1986 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
People Stevenson, Adlai
Stevenson, Adlai Ewing II
Subjects Campaign posters
Campaigns, Political
Election posters
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political posters
Political representation
Politics & government
Presidential candidates
Presidential elections
Volunteer work
Search Terms Democratic National Convention
Democratic Party
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS