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Here are 2 items related to Cassius O. Smith, a Republican candidate for Alderman in Chicago's 31st Ward in 1902. He was an early proponent of the use of the recorded message in campaigning, as evidenced by the excerpt below.
"In 1902, Cassius O. Smith used a phonograph instead of appearing in person at events during his bid for Chicago’s 31st ward. The Chicago Tribune did not view the effort favorably. “Afraid to Address a Room Full of Voters,” the paper proclaimed. Smith defended the practice: “I don’t use a phonograph exactly because I am too bashful to make a speech myself, but it’s a useful thing to have at the meetings you can’t attend.” Smith lost the election by 46 votes." From "The First Sound Bites", Science News, 2008.
The photograph measures 7 1/8 inches high by 5 1/8 inches wide, and the campaign card measures 4 7/8 inches by 2 3/4 inches.

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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: paper
  • Feedback: 113 reviews
  • Only ships within United States.