Garfield - Arthur Presidential Campaign Lantern, 1880


The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

Late-nineteenth-century political parties rallied their supporters by holding torchlight parades. In the evening, marchers lit up the street carrying torches, lamps and lanterns. Inexpensive paper lanterns glowed with the image or name of the party's candidate or other patriotic imagery. Backers of the 1880 Republican presidential ticket would have carried this accordion-pleated lantern containing the images of the candidates.


  • Title: Garfield - Arthur Presidential Campaign Lantern, 1880
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Location: United States
  • Subject Keywords: Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881, Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Candles, Lighting, Political campaigns, Political parades & rallies, Presidential campaigns, Presidential candidates, Vice-Presidential candidates, Presidential elections, Paper lanterns, Lanterns (Lighting devices)
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Paper lantern
  • Object ID: 69.145.12
  • Image ID: THF155728
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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