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Garfield Bunting Dress, ca. 1880: American
Digital photograph of dress made of roller-printed cotton. This garment, printed with James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, is extremely rare and was likely made specifically for the 1880 presidential election. Oral history ties the dress to a family in South Milford, Indiana, and the wearer could have traveled to Ohio to see the candidates. The 1880 presidential campaign was referred to as the “front porch campaign.” Instead of traveling across the country, Garfield remained at his home in Mentor, Ohio and the Republican Party arranged for trains to bring thousands of people to hear him speak.
Western Reserve Historical Society
Political Campaigns and ElectionsClothing and dress -- United States.