From The Life of Guiteau and the Official History of the Most Exciting Case on Record: Being the Trial of Guiteau for Assassinating Pres. Garfield (1882), images from which have been uploaded to Flickr by the Internet Archive.
Last week, the Internet Archive announced that 2.6 million images extracted from the Archive’s public domain eBooks have been uploaded to Flickr Commons. But not just that - they’re tagged and they include about 500 words surrounding the image. So full-text searches of images, basically. Oh, and that 2.6 million images is just the first batch. There are a total of 14 million images extracted which will ultimately be uploaded to Flickr.
What’s cool, too, is that even though not all the images are on Flickr yet, browsing can lead you to more images at the Archive itself. For instance, there’s an amazing series of books at the Archive I discovered via the Flickr account called Reminiscences about Abraham Lincoln, which are newspaper clippings and recollections cataloged by the last name of the people included. The “Wi” section (surnames beginning with “Wi”) is on Flickr, but only a handful of the images are uploaded so far. But on the main page for any of the images on Flickr (like this, for example), you can find the link to the Archive page, with the full volume.
Anyway, long story short: that’s how I found the image above, and this week I’ll be posting finds from the Internet Archive’s Flickr account, or finds that began with browsing the Flickr account!
Something about William Henry Harrison here makes him look like he should be in a boy band.
"The defining aspect of our country is opportunity—the hope that you can do better, that your children can do better. But you need an even playing field. To do that, you can’t be sick and in school. You’ve got to have health care. You’ve got to have an economy working to give people a chance to get ahead. It is not guaranteed. But you do have to have an opportunity. Our country is big enough and strong enough and wealthy enough to give that kind of opportunity to everybody. That’s what I work on every day."
- Senator Ted Kennedy, April 2006
Crowds and balloons greet Richard and Pat Nixon at the City Auditorium in Omaha on May 4, 1968. Richard Nixon spoke while campaigning for president in Nebraska. THE WORLD-HERALD
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Hmm, I don’t know, Bill Clinton was probably as close to President Elvis as we’re going to get, actually.
This 1844 Henry Clay banner is fantastic, and any explanation I attempt won’t compare to the fine description by Heritage Auctions. They always do a lovely job with their pieces, but this is especially well-detailed:
Large cotton fabric banner from Pennsylvania, touting the Whig ticket of Henry Clay and Theodore Frelinghuysen, plus Joseph Markle, the Whig candidate for Governor. This is an early example of the “coat-tail” concept, in which Markle was clearly a believer. Numerous items from ribbons to banners carried all three candidates’ names, in the hope that Markle would ride the national ticket’s “coat-tails” to victory in the state race. (The strategy failed. Clay and Frelinghuysen lost to James K. Polk and George Dallas, and Markle lost the Pennsylvania governor’s race to Francis Skunk.)Via Heritage Auctions
The raccoon had been adopted as a Whig symbol during the 1840 election, but really came into wide use in 1844, as numerous Clay items pictured “coons.” (Some years ago we handled another Pennsylvania banner for Clay, Frelinghuysen, and Markle with a coon as the central device.) In this clever image, the Whig coons are climbing on poke weeds (a tall berry-producing plant common to Pennsylvania forests), and consuming the berries (poisonous to humans, but apparently a treat to raccoons!). The use of the poke weed is of course a play on the name of the Democratic candidate, Polk, hence the two-line ditty at the lower right hand corner.
This banner originally hung on the Hershey family barn during the 1844 campaign. Fortunately for posterity, it was moved inside, and “for generations has been hanging in the front staircase of (the) Hershey family home…”
Descendant Eloise Zimmerly Willow recalls her mother telling the story that “when Henry Clay ran for president he gave each family a lantern … a duster (coat) and top hat, which we still possess.” It is clear that this family has taken the responsibility of their stewardship of this historic banner very seriously, and for this they are to be thanked. This is one of the few banners of this era whose full provenance is known.