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1912 Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Taft and Uncle Sam Baseball Satire Postcard

Item Number 45135

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Sports meets politics with this 1912 postcard featuring Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Taft and "Uncle Sam". It's not often when we see three presidents running for office in the same election. Such was the case in 1912. "Progressive Republican" Teddy Roosevelt took another run at the top spot that year, in opposition to "Conservative Republican" Howard Taft who was the incumbent president. This split the Republican vote to the benefit of Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson, who won the election. A bit of political satire steps into the light with this antique postcard featuring illustrations of Roosevelt and Taft wearing baseball uniforms. Standing between the opposing players....make that candidates, is "Uncle Sam", who is pointing his finger at Roosevelt's nose while making the pronouncement "Back Up, You've Batted Twice". Teddy is depicted in a defiant stance, with his ever ready "big stick" clenched in his left hand, while the rotund Taft stands set to bat behind Uncle Sam. Moderate corner wear limits this solid card to a (VG) grade designation, though otherwise it is very pleasing. Supporting the dating of this election year issue is the  reverse side postmark "10/25/1912".
 



 
 
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