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Object Name Poster, Political
Catalog Number 1986.88.42
Date 1979
Material(s) Paper/Cardboard
Dimensions H-20 W-13.625 inches
Description This large political poster is printed on thin cardboard and has a dark blue background with white text. Across the top the text reads "John Y. Brown, JR. / MEANS BUSINESS." Under this and to the right is a blue and white photographic print of the profile of John Brown. In the photograph Brown is wearing a vest, a white dress shirt with a collar and a tie. To the left of this image is more white text which reads "John Y. / Brown, JR. / FOR / GOVERNOR." In the bottom left corner of the poster in very small white letters is printed "Paid for by: / Brown for Governor Campaign Fund, / 1310 South Third Street, / Louisville, Kentucky 40208, / Ron Geary, CPA, Treasurer." Below this text is a small union trademark.
Notes John Y. Brown, Jr. is a Kentucky politician and businessman. He had dramatic success with the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food chain, which made him wealthy. Brown spent considerable time outside the state, and his jet-set, high-stakes life-style revealed little interest in state politics prior to 1979. That year he surprised most Kentuckians, including the other candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor, by announcing his candidacy. The primary was so close that runner-up Louisville Mayor Harvey Sloane did not concede for two days. In the fall election he won an easy victory over former Gov. Louie B. Nunn. In 1987, he ran for governor again but lost to Wallace Wilkinson.

This object was donated 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
Event 1979 Kentucky Gubernatorial Race
People Brown, John Y. Jr.
Subjects Business & finance
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political posters
Political representation
Politics & government
State government
Search Terms Democratic Party
Politics, Kentucky
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS