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Sale 55: United States Postal History

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Campaign Covers - The Election of 1840

Lot 771    

William Henry Harrison, engraved front and reverse of Harrison Medallion with resolution of Congress text below and Doolittle & Munson imprint, letterhead illustration on 1840 folded letter sheet to Dunstable, Mass., red "Detriot, Mich., Sep 20" cds and manuscript "25" rate, three page letter with interesting campaign content…The only salvation for us is the election of "Old Tip" and our folks think so as they have generally dropped their business and gone into the political field determined to fight for the good causeThere is to be a Loco foco celebration here tomorrow, at which time Col. Johnson is to be here. The Loco's are tying hard to make it go off well, but it will be a slim affair, mentions other conventions; some slight cover soiling, otherwise Very Fine, a lovely and rare design with interesting campaign content (Milgram rarity 3, 1-5 known).
Milgram No. WH-25    Estimate $300 - 400.

In the 1840 election, the term "Locofoco" was applied to the entire Democratic Party by its Whig opponents, both because Democratic President Martin Van Buren had incorporated many Locofoco ideas into his economic policy, and because Whigs considered the term to be derogatory.

Realized: $250

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