Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 264

Price Realized: $ 6,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
BIZARRE EVEN BY KLAN STANDARDS (CIVIL RIGHTS--KU KLUX KLAN.) A Watch at the Crossroad---Oh America, Heed His Warning. Elaborately conceived poster-broadside, with a little Klansman in the center pointing the way to the right, toward "Freedom Founded in America," versus "Romanism and Paganism" and all sorts of "evils" on the left; 18 x 24 inches. Np, 1927

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An exceedingly strange poster-broadside with a multitude of symbolic images, representing all that is wholesome, Protestant, and right with America, versus all that is evil and wrong, starting with "Romanism and Paganism," Klan code-words for Catholics. The Klan was not only anti-black, but fiercely anti-Catholic. In what is almost a 20th century version of the sort of complex symbolic paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, (1550-1615) the author of this amazing piece of poster art, has inserted all sorts of animals and images with captions like "swamp-light," "divine fallacy," "old bones, relics and crafts"---accompanied by a bat, a vulture etc. The diminutive figure in the middle of the piece is clearly a Klansman, dressed in white with a white hood over his head. To the left, he points to the Bible, to the right "The Highway of National Destiny" and a sign "Road Closed, Bridge Unsafe." OCLC locates two copies of this piece: University of Wisconsin and Michigan State.