Cox and Roosevelt: Rare anti League of Nations Salt River ticket
Cox and Roosevelt: Rare anti League of Nations Salt River ticket

Cox and Roosevelt: Rare anti League of Nations Salt River ticket

Price: $110.00
Satirical "Salt River" ticket opposing James Cox for president and Franklin Roosevelt for vice-president, 1920.
Catalog No: 19110
Availability: In Stock.
SIZE: 6.5 x 2.5 in.
GRADE: Choice/XF
Satirical "Salt River" ticket opposing James Cox for president and Franklin Roosevelt for vice-president, 1920. Offers passage on the Cox-Roosevelt League of Nations Boat "Headed for Wilson's Isle of Dreams." Verso states "Boat Leaves March 4, 1921," and lists rules for passengers. Only the second example we've offered in 20+ years, and mint.

Taking a trip up the Salt River was a metaphor for defeat in an election. Its origins are unclear, but most likely it goes back to Henry Clay, who took a boat to a speaking engagement during the 1832 campaign; the boatman was a supporter of Andrew Jackson, and diverted the craft into a tributary of the Ohio, the Salt River, causing Clay to be late. Salt River tickets were produced whimsically to skewer one's opponent in elections for the rest of the 19th century, but they seldom appear after 1900. This is one of the last issued for an election.

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