|Very Rare and wonderful, 1876 Presidential Election related Albumen Photograph - a Photograph that documents the outcome of a "bet" placed on the 1876 Presidential Election that resulted in a prominent Massachusetts Democrat wheeling a wooden keg full of apples from East Lexington, Massachusetts to Somerville, Massachusetts - a distance of approx. 10 miles.
This wonderful American Presidential Campaign related Photograph measures approx. 7 3/4" by 5 7/8" and is mounted on its original, photographer's card mount with extensive printed text (card mount measures approx. 10 3/4" by 9 1/4").
The Photograph pictures a snowy, winter scene with a man holding the "arms" of a cart that carries a wooden barrel. The barrel / keg features text on the end panel that reads "Tilden Was Elected / 1876 / By Voice of the People / But Counted Out By Fraud in 1877". A second man (surely the winner of the "bet") stands to the left of the cart.
Printed text at the top of the card mount reads "The Start From Mr. Hobbs Residence, East Lexington". Printed text at the bottom of the mount reads "Wheeled by Joshua Hobart from Providence to Boston in 1864, 1 bbl. Oysters weighing 150 lbs., started from Providence Nov. 28th, arrived Boston Dec. 2nd; actual wheeling time 23 hours, 40 minutes"
Further text reads "Wheeled by Joshua Hobart, March 14th, 1877, from Rast Lexington to residence of A. Caswell, Union Square, Somerville, 1 bbl. Apples weighing 205 pounds; actual wheeling time 1 hour, 38 minutes. Bet lost by being counted out.".
The United States Presidential Rlection of 1876 was one of the most contentious and controversial presidential elections in American history. The results of the election remain among the most disputed ever, although there is no question that Samuel J. Tilden of New York outpolled Ohio's Rutherford B. Hayes in the popular vote. After a first count of votes, it was clear that Tilden had won 184 electoral votes to Hayes's 165, with 20 votes unresolved. These 20 electoral votes were in dispute in four states: in the case of Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, each party reported its candidate had won the state, while in Oregon one elector was declared illegal (as an "elected or appointed official") and replaced. The question of who should have been awarded these electoral votes is the source of the continued controversy concerning the results of this election.
An "informal" deal was struck to resolve the dispute: it was called the "Compromise of 1877". This compromise awarded all 20 electoral votes to Hayes. In return for the Democrats' acquiescence to Hayes's election, the Republicans agreed to withdraw federal troops from the South, thus ending Reconstruction. The Compromise effectively ceded power in the Southern states to the Democratic "Redeemers".
This was the first presidential election in 20 years in which the Democratic candidate won a majority of the popular vote. This is also the first election in which a candidate for president received more than 50 percent of the popular vote but was not elected president by the Electoral College, and one of four elections in which the person receiving the largest proportion of the popular vote lost the electoral vote. It is to date the smallest electoral vote victory in American history.
Bets of this type on the results of the outcome of Presidential Elections were quite common in the 19th century. Local supporters of one or the other candidates would challenge their local rivals with the party losing the bet having to perform some type of public and humiliating display as a result of the defeat of their chosen candidate. The Photograph offered here has a connection to both the 1876 Presidential Election of Rutherford B. Hayes and the 1864 Reelection of Abraham Lincoln.
This rare and wonderful, 1876 Presidential Election, Albumen Photograph is in very good to excellent condition. Both the Photograph and the card mount are clean and crisp and exceptionally well preserved. The Photograph itself exhibits sharp focus and good contrast and tonality although it is just a bit faded.
A rare and wonderful, 1876 Presidential Election related Albumen Photograph - a Photograph that documents the outcome of a "bet" placed on the 1876 Presidential Election that resulted in a prominent Massachusetts Democrat wheeling a wooden keg full of apples from East Lexington, Massachusetts to Somerville, Massachusetts and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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