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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.

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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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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