It’s Election Day - vote for a Schmuck! That’s the message in this early 20th Century political poster, which asks New Yorkers to vote for “good and able” Democrat Peter Schmuck for city court judge. The quirky poster is just one of thousands of items in the Library’s little-known collection of political ephemera, located in our Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy. It includes material from 1900 to the present — although we’re a little short on material from this year’s election (contact us if you’re interested in donating). Meanwhile, get to the polls and vote today! For those in NYC, check out the city’s polling site locator. If you have time before or after, head to one of our branches - all but four are open today after Hurricane Sandy. Check out our website for the latest.
Head to the polls and vote for a Schmuck! That’s the message in this undated political ad for New York City Judge Peter Schmuck, a Tammany guy who served from the early 1900s until the forties or fifties — and was apparently “good and able.” The ad is one of thousands of items in a little-know NYPL collection of political campaign ephemera from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes pamphlets, ads, oddball items (like an Obama condom) and other campaign-related goodies. In honor of Election Day, we thought we’d share some of the collection, so click on the Schmuck and check out some of our favorite items, all chosen by Maira Liriano, manager of the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy where the collection is housed.