1888: When Big Heads Roamed the Earth

The year 1888 saw some nasty things happen around the world. Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear, Jack the Ripper was mutilating prostitutes in Whitechapel, and The Schoolhouse Blizzard slammed the Dakota territories, killing 235 people, most of them children on the way home from school. But the worst thing to happen might have been the release of this card set.

3a                                         4b

5d

I know what you’re thinking, it does hurt the eyes to look at them. Those were some strange times, that’s for sure.

If you can focus on these big-headed monstrosities long enough you might recognize a couple of these guys. This set was released during the 1888 Presidential election, and it features the Democratic and Republican running mates. Benjamin Harrison and Levi Morton for the Republicans and Grover Cleveland and Allen Thurman for the Democrats. That’s big-headed Cleveland tagging out big-headed Harrison. Although Harrison looks like he got his hand in there.

Grover Cleveland went on to win the popular vote, but Harrison was elected president based on the electoral votes. We wouldn’t see that happen again until the  2000 election.

Amazingly these cards are part of a 22 card set. If you dare, you can see the rest of them here.

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4 Responses to 1888: When Big Heads Roamed the Earth

  1. steve says:

    Much better than those rookie prospects hollywood square mug shot cards.These are downright godzillian in their reverse badness.

  2. Kevin Graham says:

    They do kind of look like they want to stomp through the streets of Tokyo.

  3. verdun2 says:

    Is this the only year they did it? What a completely awful idea. Thanks for finding these (I think)
    v

    • Kevin Graham says:

      I would hope that someone would have pegged this as a bad idea, and decided not to run this promotion for the 1892 Presidential election. Although I wouldn’t have minded a big headed Adlai Stevenson.

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