HANCOCK, HANCOCK.- COCK-A-DOODLE DOO! JUNE 24TH 1880. Election of 1880.
HANCOCK, HANCOCK.- COCK-A-DOODLE DOO! JUNE 24TH 1880.
HANCOCK, HANCOCK.- COCK-A-DOODLE DOO! JUNE 24TH 1880.

HANCOCK, HANCOCK.- COCK-A-DOODLE DOO! JUNE 24TH 1880.

New York: Copyright by Geo. H. Hanks, 1880. Metamorphic card, 3-1/4" x 5-3/8" fully opened. Richly colored, light wear, Very Good.

The unopened illustration depicts a dignified, serious Hancock as a rooster in elaborate feathers. But when opened, Hancock has lost his feathers, is emaciated and bleeding from the mouth. The caption reads, "November 2nd. | 1880 | Hancock Hancock Boo-Hoo-Hoo." Winfield Scott Hancock, a decorated Civil War general and a hero of Gettysburg, was the losing Democrats' presidential candidate in 1880, opposing Republican James A. Garfield.
The verso, entitled 'Rhymes for Young Democrats,' brilliantly skewers the overt racism of the Democratic Party. It begins:
"Sing a song of shotguns, | Pocket full of knives, | Four-and- twenty black men, | Running for their lives; | When the polls are open, | Shut the nigger's mouth, | Isn't that a bully way | To make a solid South?" Item #38041

Price: $650.00