Design Artifacts: U.S. Election Posters from History

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Editor’s Note: In this recurring series, I’ll dig up intriguing artifacts from history and share them with you. This week, I found some interesting election posters from U.S. history—all from a variety of sources including the Library of Congress and Reddit’s /r/propagandaposters.

I’ve been feeling a little election-weary lately—and I know I’m not the only one. When current events grow too overwhelming, I tend to take solace in history and design. So what better way to divert myself from the current election than to take a look at election posters from the past? Here you’ll find an array posters from presidential elections. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the shameless mudslinging:

U.S. Political Propaganda: Presidential Election Posters from History

George McGovern & Richard Nixon, 1972
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Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale, 1984

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Herbert Hoover vs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932

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Thomas E. Dewey vs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944

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Abraham Lincoln vs. George B. McClellan, 1864shzpygl

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Adlai Stevenson vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952

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Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford, 1976

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William McKinley vs. William Jennings Bryan, 1900

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John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon, 1960

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William Z. Foster (Frontrunners: Calvin Coolidge, John W. Davis and Robert M. La Follette Sr.), 1924

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Bonus: This is actually a button (obviously) but I thought it was pretty interesting. Debs earned 3.4% of the popular vote—913,664 write-in votes—that year despite being imprisoned at the time for his draft non-compliance advocacy.

Eugene V. Debs, 1920 (Frontrunners: Warren G. Harding and James M. Cox)

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