Buchner issued this unique 12 card “puzzle” set of 1888 presidential candidates to promote Victory tobacco. Each card depicts a potential candidate in a comical pose (Roman gladiator, horse riders, oarsman, etc.) and has a pithy 4-line poem that names them and includes a plug for Victory Tobacco. In each card’s background are seen parts of President Grover Cleveland’s head; when you had all 12 cards, you could assemble them to show his profile.
These cards are very thin and are often found with staining and creases. The lithography by Giles Lithographic & Liberty Printing Co. from New York is superb; they specialized in trade cards and these have that same feel.
Sen. Joseph E. McDonald (Indiana)
Old Saddlebags, the Hoosier brave –
To lay aside all joking, –
Cannot hope the race to save,
Against our “VICTORY SMOKING”.
Anonymous (?) politician
The public called on this man of brains
Who arose and thus he spoke:
“The ‘VICTORY’ now before your eyes,
Is the best on earth to smoke.”
David B. Hill, Gov. of NY
Sen. Allen G. Thurman (Ohio)
The Buckeye man of whom they say,
“He’s the noblest Roman of them all”,
The sign of “VICTORY” will display
If he receives the Presidential call.
Henry George, Progressive leader
“VICTORY’s” good, thinks Henry George,
And McGlynn the Doctor, says ’tis true –
Ten acres of land, when the rich disgorge,
Is a platform big; ’twill elect me too.
Sen. George F. Edmunds (Vermont)
From mountains green and Lake Champlain,
Edmunds comes with hopes elated,
The Mormons have “VICTORY” all the same,
If in the chair he’s inaugurated.