Cartoon depictions of the US presidential politics from the archives of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
"Ah! ha! Gentlemen! you need'nt think to catch me napping; for I am a regular Wide awake." Lincoln's spear (actually a sharpened fence rail, a symbol of his campaign), cape, and lantern make him resemble a night watchman, but readers in the 1860s would also have recognized that he is dressed as a member of the "Wide Awakes," clubs of young men who marched in support of Lincoln during his election campaign. Wide Awakes typically wore short capes and flat-visored hats, and carried lanterns.
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