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Political Lantern, 1860-1880

1860/1880

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

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. This accordion-pleated lantern is decorated with a simple red, white and blue shield.

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  • Title: Political Lantern, 1860-1880
  • Date Created: 1860/1880
  • Location: United States
  • Subject Keywords: Candles, Lighting, Political campaigns, Political parades & rallies, Paper lanterns, Lanterns (Lighting devices)
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Paper lantern
  • Object ID: 69.145.10
  • Image ID: THF155736
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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