Print promoting James K. Polk for president and George M. Dallas for vice president, 1844. N. Currier, New York. Color tinted lithograph, in original frame. Size refers to overall dimensions.
Against ranks of flags surmounted by eagle holding a corner of one flag in its beak, a portrait of Polk and the legend, POLK THE YOUNG HICKORY, enclosed by olive wreath, left; a portrait of Dallas and the legend, DALLAS AND VICTORY, enclosed by olive wreath, right; semicircle of 14 stars and radiating lines, above; decorative leaves and scrollwork, the legend, THE PEOPLE'S CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT, on streamers, below. Framed by red drapery and yellow fringe with star rosettes. Titled in the lower margin above the caption, PRESS ONWARD. Age toning and light stain, lower right.Currier began issuing these prints for elections starting in 1844, and they are considered the prototype of the modern political poster. They were displayed framed in the homes of the most devoted partisans, and were likely the only graphic image many voters had of the candidates.