Freeport, IL: Henney Buggy Company, 1892. Paperback. Narrow 32mo. Stiff pale green pictorial wrappers. (44pp). Illustrations. Very good. Mild wear and rubbing, mainly to outer wrappers. Item #47068
Attractive copy of this combination trade catalogue -- with a twist: Top of front wrapper cites "Political Information for the Campaign of 1892 and inside front wrapper features portrait of opponents: Democrat Grover Cleveland and running mate Adlai Stevenson I and Republican Benjamin Harrison and running mate Whitelaw Reid, captioned "Take Your Choice" above and below them "But be sure and ride in a Henney Buggy." A two-page "Popular and Electoral Vote for President, 1888" follows and a single-page "The Electoral College in 1888 and 1892." Illustrations of their various buggies follow, interspersed with blank lined pages on which this customer inked in names of customers and amounts owed or collected. About ten or so pages have been left blank; the booklet concludes with a few more buggy illustrations and two more political charts: "The New Electoral College in 1892 by Groups of States" and "The New Apportionment." One final buggy-related chart ("Famous Trotters and their Time" closes it out. Fascinating relic of both state-of-the-art transportation of the period (this horse-drawn buggy outfit morphed into Hennry Motor Company a bit later) and interesting presidential campaign tie-in. Interestingly, this copy belonged to Alfred N. Abbott (1862-1929), noted Illinois farmer, cattle and hog rancher, state legislator, president of the Illinois State Farmers' Institute and Deputy Commissioner of the Illinois Commission to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition -- and serious horse-racing enthusiast.