In the modern political arena, campaign “branding” has followed the trends of businesses. It just makes sense to have symbols that are bold and easily recognizable. We live in a fast-paced society, so campaign artwork has to be quick to see and remember.
However, during the 19th Century some of the political campaign posters could be considered works of art, using imagery to share the party or candidates platform and goals.
Since we’re collaborating with Emerging Civil War and following their series “1860’s Politics” this month, head on over and check out a new post I wrote this week: “A Study in 1864 Presidential Campaign Artwork.” It examines the details of a Lincoln/Johnson campaign poster from the 1864 Presidential Election. Art appreciation and politics – who knew such a combination could exist. 😉
P.S. Do you have a favorite feature in the campaign poster?