Rise of the Rail Splitter


The Republican Banner for 1860. New York: Currier and Ives, 1860. Broadside.

In May 1860, the Republican Party gathered in Chicago for its convention and nominated Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin for president and vice president.  Hamlin (1809-1891) was a Republican senator from Maine and had previously served that state in the House of Representatives and as governor.  This broadside of the 1860 Republican ticket was published by the New York printmaking firm of Currier and Ives.  Founded by Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895), the firm issued more than a million prints such as this one between 1835 and 1907.  Their prints, depicting a variety of images of American life, were extremely popular.  The firm produced many political prints, several of which included Lincoln as a subject.

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