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PROMOTIONAL FANS

Fanning Politics and Patriotism

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Admiral George Dewey Fan, 1898-1899

Paper, wood. Gift of Margaret E. Whitney St. Peter.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1960.127.3

Admiral George Dewey Fan, 1898-1899

After winning the Battle of Manila (Philippines) on May 1, 1898 during the Spanish-American War, Admiral George Dewey became an American hero. This fan, made in his honor, probably belonged to Alberta Kata (Dixon) Finch (b. 1867) of Superior, Wisconsin.

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Martha Washington Fan, 1876

Manufactured in Mexico. Paper, wood. Gift of Kilbourne (Wisconsin Dells) Public Library.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1953.418

Martha Washington Fan, 1876

This fan was made as a souvenir of the Women's Pavilion of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, an event held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The Women's Pavilion emphasized the contributions of women to American progress.

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Cigar Cockade Fan, ca. 1925

Manufactured in Japan. Paper, wood. Gift of Helen Louise Allen.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1949.439

Cigar Cockade Fan, ca. 1925

The patriotic cockade cigar fan was introduced at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and like other novelty fans it could be used by men, women, and children. This fan may date from decades later; its "Made in Japan" label started to appear on Japanese exports by law in 1921. It may have been handed out to women during a political campaign, in the way that real cigars were given to men.

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Richard and Pat Nixon Fan, 1973

Paper.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1977.203.10

Richard and Pat Nixon Fan, 1973

This self-styled fan and flyswatter is made from a printed paper band, featuring an old photograph of Richard and Pat Nixon, stapled around folded pages from the sports section of the November 16, 1973 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. The name and place of the dealers' contact printed on the fan may be fictitious, and "E.O.B." may be a reference to the Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. We are not certain whether this fan was intended to be pro-Nixon or anti-Nixon.

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Adlai Stevenson Fan, 1960

Manufactured in Madison, Wisconsin. Paper, wood. Gift of Edwin R. Bayley.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1965.237.65

Adlai Stevenson Fan, 1960

James E. Doyle (1915-1987), father of former Wisconsin Governor James E. Doyle, authorized and paid for the manufacture of this fan as part of the "Draft Stevenson Campaign" (chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt) to rally support for his friend, Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965) of Illinois, as Democratic presidential nominee in 1960. Stevenson had lost two previous bids for the presidency. This fan makes use of two catchy puns and includes the word "cool," which became a popular slang term in the 1950s.

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