Mar 29, 2018 - Sale 2471

Sale 2471 - Lot 326

Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(POLITICS.) Who's a Democrat? Photogravure, 18 x 12 1/2 inches; minimal toning, matted and framed. Cincinnati: Rombach & Groene, 1891

Additional Details

An enigmatic image of a young boy in ragged clothing, fists clenched and looking upward defiantly. It was likely intended as a Republican political piece targeted toward black voters. A later version of the same image was produced by the Colored Division of the Republican National Committee in the 1930s, with the addition of a newspaper at the boy's feet, reporting on two lynchings. The boy is apparently ready to fight anyone who insults him with the term "Democrat." The present example seems to be the original version of this enduring image, as it bears an 1891 copyright statement.