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"Canvassing: A Timeless Tradition of Presidential Campaigns" From the iconic posters supporting Franklin D

Background imageCanvassing Collection: KENNEDY / NIXON DEBATE, 1960. John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

KENNEDY / NIXON DEBATE, 1960. John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, debating Richard M
KENNEDY/NIXON DEBATE, 1960. John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, debating Richard M. Nixon on television during the 1960 Presidential Campaign, moderated by Howard K. Smith

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Poster by James Montgomery Flagg from the 1940 presidential campaign

Poster by James Montgomery Flagg from the 1940 presidential campaign, supporting the re-election of President Franklin
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1940. Poster by James Montgomery Flagg from the 1940 presidential campaign, supporting the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Background imageCanvassing Collection: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1944. Our Friend. Lithograph poster by Ben Shahn, 1944

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1944. Our Friend. Lithograph poster by Ben Shahn, 1944, published by the Political Action Committee of the CIO in support of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Eugene V. Debs and Ben Hanford as the Socialist Party candidates for President

Eugene V. Debs and Ben Hanford as the Socialist Party candidates for President
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1904. Eugene V. Debs and Ben Hanford as the Socialist Party candidates for President and Vice President on a 1904 campaign poster

Background imageCanvassing Collection: RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004). 40th President of the United States

RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004). 40th President of the United States. Reagans official campaign poster for the presidential election of 1980

Background imageCanvassing Collection: A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND. Lithograph poster, 1948, by Ben Shahn for the Progressive Party

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND. Lithograph poster, 1948, by Ben Shahn for the Progressive Party, satirizing the popular 1945 photograph of Harry Truman playing a piano adorned by actress Lauren Bacall;

Background imageCanvassing Collection: BULL MOOSE CAMPAIGN, 1912. Bull Moose Party presidential campaign symbol for Theodore Roosevelt

BULL MOOSE CAMPAIGN, 1912. Bull Moose Party presidential campaign symbol for Theodore Roosevelt, 1912

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Hogarth / Election / B / W / (2)

Hogarth / Election / B / W / (2)
2. THE ELECTION Canvassing for votes

Background imageCanvassing Collection: (1858-1919). 26th President of the United States. Photographed at Oyster Bay in 1912 shortly after

(1858-1919). 26th President of the United States. Photographed at Oyster Bay in 1912 shortly after his nomination by
THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919). 26th President of the United States. Photographed at Oyster Bay in 1912 shortly after his nomination by the new Progressive party

Background imageCanvassing Collection: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1880. Farmer Garfield Cutting a Swath to the White House

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1880. Farmer Garfield Cutting a Swath to the White House. James Garfield as the 1880 Republican Party candidate for President on a lithograph poster by Currier & Ives, 1880

Background imageCanvassing Collection: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1912. Former president Theodore Roosevelt

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1912. Former president Theodore Roosevelt and President William Howard Taft battling for the Republican presidential nomination in a 1912 American cartoon

Background imageCanvassing Collection: GEORGIA: SHERMANs MARCH. General Shermans March to the Sea through Georgia, 1864

GEORGIA: SHERMANs MARCH. General Shermans March to the Sea through Georgia, 1864. Contemporary engraving
GEORGIA:SHERMANs MARCH. General Shermans March to the Sea through Georgia, 1864. Contemporary engraving

Background imageCanvassing Collection: ABRAHAM LINCOLN. An 1860 American cartoon comparing presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln to

ABRAHAM LINCOLN. An 1860 American cartoon comparing presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln to Charles Blondin, the French acrobat who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope ealier that year

Background imageCanvassing Collection: HOGARTH: ELECTION. Canvassing for Votes. Engraving after the etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

HOGARTH: ELECTION. Canvassing for Votes. Engraving after the etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Background imageCanvassing Collection: GRANT CARTOON, 1880. The Modern Wandering Jew : American lithograph cartoon by Joseph Keppler, 1880

GRANT CARTOON, 1880. The Modern Wandering Jew : American lithograph cartoon by Joseph Keppler, 1880, depicting the well-traveled former president Ulysses S

Background imageCanvassing Collection: An Election Entertainment, 1755 (oil on canvas)

An Election Entertainment, 1755 (oil on canvas)
SJS22527 An Election Entertainment, 1755 (oil on canvas) by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); 101.5x127 cm; Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soanes Museum

Background imageCanvassing Collection: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1948. Progressive Party campaign slogan for Henry Wallace, 1948

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1948. Progressive Party campaign slogan for Henry Wallace, 1948

Background imageCanvassing Collection: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1888. Grover Cleveland and Allen G. Thurman as the Democratic party

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1888. Grover Cleveland and Allen G. Thurman as the Democratic party candidates for President and Vice President on a lithograph campaign poster by Kurz & Allison, 1888

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Returning from Brookss, 1784 (colour etching)

Returning from Brookss, 1784 (colour etching)
XCF290978 Returning from Brooks s, 1784 (colour etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; (add.info.: the Prince of Wales)

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Plan of the campaign in New York and New Jersey during the American Revolutionary War, 1776

Plan of the campaign in New York and New Jersey during the American Revolutionary War, 1776
REVOLUTIONARY WAR MAP, 1776 Plan of the campaign in New York and New Jersey during the American Revolutionary War, 1776

Background imageCanvassing Collection: American Socialist leader. Debs campaigning for the Presidency before a freight-yard audience in

American Socialist leader. Debs campaigning for the Presidency before a freight-yard audience in 1912
EUGENE V. DEBS (1855-1926). American Socialist leader. Debs campaigning for the Presidency before a freight-yard audience in 1912

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Democratic presidential campaign button from Franklin D. Roosevelts 1944 bid for president

Democratic presidential campaign button from Franklin D. Roosevelts 1944 bid for president
ROOSEVELT BUTTON. Democratic presidential campaign button from Franklin D. Roosevelts 1944 bid for president

Background imageCanvassing Collection: GEORGE McGOVERN (1922- ). American politician. Senator McGovern beneath a poster in New York City

GEORGE McGOVERN (1922- ). American politician. Senator McGovern beneath a poster in New York City, during his presidential campaign, June 1972

Background imageCanvassing Collection: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1860. Abraham Lincoln as the Republican party candidate for President

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1860. Abraham Lincoln as the Republican party candidate for President and Hannibal Hamlin as Vice President in 1860 on an American flag banner

Background imageCanvassing Collection: GEORGIA: SHERMANs MARCH. Shermans March Through Georgia, 1864. Oil on canvas by Andrew B

GEORGIA: SHERMANs MARCH. Shermans March Through Georgia, 1864. Oil on canvas by Andrew B. Carlin, 1871

Background imageCanvassing Collection: CARTOON: ELECTION OF 1864. A little game of bagatelle, between Old Abe the railsplitter

CARTOON: ELECTION OF 1864. A little game of bagatelle, between Old Abe the railsplitter and Little Mac the gunboat general

Background imageCanvassing Collection: The Election II: Canvassing for Votes, 1754-55 (oil on canvas)

The Election II: Canvassing for Votes, 1754-55 (oil on canvas)
SJS1997 The Election II: Canvassing for Votes, 1754-55 (oil on canvas) by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); 101.5x127 cm; Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soanes Museum

Background imageCanvassing Collection: WILLAM EWART GLADSTONE (1809-1898). English statesman. Campaigning for the Liberal party in

WILLAM EWART GLADSTONE (1809-1898). English statesman. Campaigning for the Liberal party in the General Election of 1880, William Gladstone addresses a crowd in Edinburgh, Scotland, 5 April 1880

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Reginald Rait Canvassing on the Isle of Thanet, 1923

Reginald Rait Canvassing on the Isle of Thanet, 1923
Photograph showing the youngest candidate standing in 1923, Reginald I. Rait (Liberal) (centre of image), canvassing a voter in the Isle of Thanet

Background imageCanvassing Collection: 'Infant Orphan Election at the London Tavern - Polling', by G.E. Hicks..., 1865. Creator: W Thomas

"Infant Orphan Election at the London Tavern - Polling", by G.E. Hicks..., 1865. Creator: W Thomas
"Infant Orphan Election at the London Tavern - Polling", by G.E. Hicks, in the exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1865. Engraving of a painting

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Presidential electioneering in New York: torchlight procession of the M'Clellan party, 1864

Presidential electioneering in New York: torchlight procession of the M'Clellan party, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Presidential electioneering in New York: torchlight procession of the M'Clellan party, 1864. Engraving of a sketch by Mr. C. D

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Boy Scouts as bond workers, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

Boy Scouts as bond workers, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
Boy Scouts as bond workers, 1917. A group of Boy Scouts who assisted the women's branch of the liberty loan committee in canvassing the streets of New York for subscriptions to the liberty loan

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Presidential electioneering in New York - a street scene, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Presidential electioneering in New York - a street scene, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Presidential electioneering in New York - a street scene, 1864. Engraving of a sketch by Mr. C. D. Shanly....there was another tremendous demonstration here in favour of M'Clellan

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Commençant des visites...pour son Prince, 1851. Creator: Honore Daumier

Commençant des visites...pour son Prince, 1851. Creator: Honore Daumier
Commencant des visites...pour son Prince, 1851. Commencant des visites electorales pour son Prince. (Starting to make campaign visits for his Prince). From Actualites

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Scenes from the Elections - drawn by George Thomas, 1857. Creator: Unknown

Scenes from the Elections - drawn by George Thomas, 1857. Creator: Unknown
Scenes from the Elections - drawn by George Thomas, 1857. Voting in Britain. In the 1857 general election, the Whigs, led by Lord Palmerston, won a majority in the House of Commons

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Betty Boothroyd canvassing ahead of the Leicester South East by-election

Betty Boothroyd canvassing ahead of the Leicester South East by-election, held on 28 November 1957. Picture taken: 25th November 1957

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Barbara Castle, Member of Parliament for Blackburn, pictured campaigning in Salford

Barbara Castle, Member of Parliament for Blackburn, pictured campaigning in Salford, Greater Manchester, ahead of 1974 General Election, 22nd February 1974

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Beaconsfield By Election 1982, Tony Blair, Labour Party Candidate

Beaconsfield By Election 1982, Tony Blair, Labour Party Candidate, Barrister aged 29 years old, Pictured Monday 24th May 1982

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Beaconsfield By Election 1982, Tony Blair, Labour Party Candidate

Beaconsfield By Election 1982, Tony Blair, Labour Party Candidate, Barrister aged 29 years old, Pictured Monday 24th May 1982

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Canvassing at Election Time (engraving)

Canvassing at Election Time (engraving)
2788204 Canvassing at Election Time (engraving) by Moreland, Arthur (1876-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Canvassing at Election Time)

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving)

Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving)
1041253 Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Wits last stake or the cobling voters and abject canvassers (engraving)

Wits last stake or the cobling voters and abject canvassers (engraving)
983784 Wits last stake or the cobling voters and abject canvassers (engraving) by Rowlandson, Thomas (1756-1827) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCanvassing Collection: An Election Entertainment, 1755 (engraving)

An Election Entertainment, 1755 (engraving)
1071396 An Election Entertainment, 1755 (engraving) by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); 43.2x53.7 cm; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Background imageCanvassing Collection: The Devonshire, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes, pub

The Devonshire, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes, pub
2962498 The Devonshire, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes, pub. 1784 (hand coloured engraving) by Rowlandson, Thomas (1756-1827); Private Collection; (add.info.: Georgiana)

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Canvassing for votes during the 1892 British General Election campaign (litho)

Canvassing for votes during the 1892 British General Election campaign (litho)
6014123 Canvassing for votes during the 1892 British General Election campaign (litho) by Knowles, Davidson (1851-1901); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCanvassing Collection: The Election - Canvassing for Votes: satire on the parliamentary election of 1755

The Election - Canvassing for Votes: satire on the parliamentary election of 1755
5997532 The Election - Canvassing for Votes: satire on the parliamentary election of 1755, one of a series of four titled Humours of an Election (engraving) by Hogarth

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Cartoon, The Political Cheap-Jack

Cartoon, The Political Cheap-Jack -- Benjamin Disraeli, portrayed as a conman at a country fair, wooing his Buckinghamshire constituents during the General Election campaign, summer 1847. 1847

Background imageCanvassing Collection: Tib. Gracchus Canvassing (engraving)

Tib. Gracchus Canvassing (engraving)
669549 Tib. Gracchus Canvassing (engraving) by Leech, John (1817-64); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tib. Gracchus Canvassing)



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"Canvassing: A Timeless Tradition of Presidential Campaigns" From the iconic posters supporting Franklin D. Roosevelt's re-election in 1940 and 1944 to Ronald Reagan's official campaign poster for the 1980 presidential election, it has been an integral part of American politics, and is a practice that dates back even further, as seen in the Socialist Party candidates Eugene V. Debs and Ben Hanford's campaign poster from 1904. One striking example is Ben Shahn's lithograph poster titled "A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND" created for the Progressive Party in 1948. This satirical artwork depicted President Truman playing a piano alongside Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey, highlighting the fierce competition between parties during campaigns. The Bull Moose Party symbol for Theodore Roosevelt's presidential campaign in 1912 also stands out as a powerful representation of political movements at that time. The image captures the determination and resilience required to navigate through challenging campaigns. Historical events like General Sherman's March to the Sea through Georgia in 1864 have also left their mark on canvassing efforts. Engravings depicting this march serve as reminders of how campaigning can be influenced by significant moments in history. Even renowned artist William Hogarth captured the essence for votes with his engraving aptly titled "Canvassing for Votes. " Created during a different era, it showcases how this practice has transcended time and remains relevant today. Intriguingly, Joseph Keppler's cartoon from 1880 portrays former president Ulysses S. Grant leaning on his war record while seeking an unprecedented third term nomination—a testament to how candidates have used their past achievements to sway voters throughout history. As we reflect upon these historical artifacts and images, one thing becomes clear: canvassing has always played a vital role in shaping our nation’s democracy.