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Object Name Poster, Political
Catalog Number 1986.88.18
Date 1948
Material(s) Paper/Cardboard
Dimensions H-22 W-14 inches
Description This poster has a white background with black text and is printed on thin cardboard. Across the top are three black and white photographs of political candidates. The left photograph has text under it which reads "SENATOR / ALBEN W. BARKLEY / CANDIDATE FOR VICE-PRESIDENT," and shows Barkley in a suit and tie. The center photograph features Harry Truman. The text under this photograph reads "PRESIDENT / HARRY S. TRUMAN." The right photograph has "REPRESENTATIVE / VIRGIL CHAPMAN / CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATOR" printed under it. Under this row of photographs is more text, this time in lower case, italicized text, which reads "For Congress, 1st District." More capital black text under this reads "NOBLE J. GREGORY / COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS / VOTE THE / STRAIGHT / DEMOCRATIC / TICKET." Under this is printed "Tuesday, November 2, 1948." A union trademark is centered under this text. To the left and right sides of the words "VOTE THE" is the image of a rooster standing on top of a circle which has been filled in with an "x." To the left and right sides of the word "TICKET" are two more roosters which are strutting across the ground.
Notes Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States from 1945 until 1953. In 1944, Truman became the 34th Vice President of the United States. He succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when President Roosevelt died after months of declining health. He would be re-elected in 1948, coming from behind to defeat Republican Thomas E. Dewey.

Alben William Barkley was a lawyer and Democratic politician. He was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 1st District from 1913 to 1927 and a candidate for Governor of Kentucky in 1923. He was a U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1927 to 1949 and from 1955 to 1956, when he died in office. He also served as the 35th Vice President of the United States from 1949 to 1953 under President Truman.

Virgil Munday Chapman, a Democrat, represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate. In 1948 Chapman defeated incumbent John Sherman Cooper for a seat in the United States Senate.

This object was donated on December 30, 1986 by Drexell R. 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 Truman, Harry S.
Barkley, Alben
Chapman, Virgil
Subjects Congresses
Election posters
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political parties
Political platforms
Political posters
Political representation
Politics & government
Presidential candidates
Search Terms Democratic Party
Democratic Ticket
Politics, Kentucky
Vice Presidential Candidates
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS