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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Wishful Thinking: 1940

Wishful Thinking: 1940

1941. "Billboard in Windber, Pennsylvania." Republican political sentiment from the 1940 presidential campaign, annotated by passers-by. Poster illustration by Howard Scott; FSA photo attributed to "Brown." View full size.

 

Swing site

Windber is on the line between Somerset County (to the south) and Cambria County (to the north). In 1940 Willkie carried Somerset by over 2,000 of the approximately 19,000 votes cast. Roosevelt carried Cambria County by over 12,000 of the approximately 73,000 votes cast (as well as Pennsylvania, the popular vote and the electoral vote).

Awesome graffitti

That sign looks pretty beat up. It must have been in the Democrat part of town. "Thumbs up Roosevelt", "Two good terms deserves another", "Win with Roosevelt".

Without the graffti

Politics is a brutal game.

 
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