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Presence of the Past

his poster is based on a huge, 360-degree painting of the Battle of Gettysburg done by Paul Dominique Philippoteaux in 1884. It shows Union artillery on the left and infantry on the right rushing to defend against Pickett’s charge. The reaper, interrupted in mid-harvest, is a mid-1880s twine binder transported back into an 1863 scene. The placement of contemporary products into historical scenes has become a staple of modern advertising.

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Color lithograph, ca. 1885 
Printed by Milwaukee Lithographing &
Engraving Co. (Milwaukee) for
McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. (Chicago)
 Loaned by International Truck and Engine
Corporation (Chicago, IL)
25" x 35.5"

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