Tuesday, August 26, 2008

1928 Democratic National Convention Houston Texas

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Since the Democratic National Convention is underway in Denver Colorado, I thought it would be appropriate to show the location of the 1928 Democratic National Convention in Houston Texas. This Curteich postcard shows the flag draped auditorium, Sam Houston Hall, which was constructed in 99 days at a cost in excess of $100,000 and had a seating capacity of 25,000. This was a convention of many firsts including the first national convention by either party in the South since the Civil War and the first convention to nominate a Catholic for President, Al Smith. Smith in turn became the first Democratic nominee to lose more than one southern state in the general election since Reconstruction when he lost to Herbert Hoover due mainly to his "wet" stance, opposition to the Ku Klux Klan and his religion. The vote wasn't close with Hoover winning 444 electoral votes to 87, 40 states to 8 and 58.2% of the popular vote to 40.8%. My, how times do change. You can find this old antique post card in my Texas listings along with 10,000 addition vintage postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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