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Catalog Number 2007.002
Description M.H. Thompson Clerk & Recorder Election Banner, c. 1898. This banner is made of a cream-colored cloth with a dark golden fringe at the bottom. At the top, the banner is held up by a gold wooden pole with a golden string connected to the left and right of the gold wooden pole. There are gold pen marks around the inside of the banner with darker gray curves and lines in between the banner where the blue painted words say "M.H. THOMPSON". Inside of the gold pen marks around the cream colored banner, it has text painted in blue that says "VOTE FOR / M.H. THOMPSON / REG. REP. NOMINEE / For / CLERK & RECORDER / San Mateo County." The words "M.H. THOMPSON" shaped in blue around the words, and in black inside the words with golden specks on the "M", "H", "T", "O", "S", and "N" in "M.H. THOMPSON". The words "M.H. THOMPSON" are also disproportionately bigger than the rest of the words above. The words " VOTE FOR", "REG. REP. NOMINEE" , "FOR" , and "San Mateo County." are in regular font, but smaller than the words "M.H. THOMPSON". At the bottom of the words "San Mateo County." underneath the middle of the gold pen border on the banner is some words that are spaced out and written in blue pen and in upper case that says "E.P. EGAN 22 1/2 GEARY ST". The cream-colored cloth banner appears to have a golden fringe which is stitched along the bottom of the banner.
Object Name Banner
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title M.H. Thompson Clerk & Recorder Election Banner, c. 1898
Date c. 1898
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "VOTE FOR / M.H. THOMPSON / REG. REP. NOMINEE / For / CLERK & RECORDER / San Mateo County." (painted in blue, in regular font, uppercase and lowercase with golden specks on the letters "M", "H", "T", "O", "S", and "N" in "M.H. THOMPSON")

"E.P. EGAN 22 1/2 GEARY ST". (written in blue ink, upper case)
Provenance
Notes Banners are "pieces of cloth or other flexible material painted with signs or decorative designs and intended to be displayed by hanging or suspending. In heraldry, refers to square flags bearing heraldic devices". [http://www.getty.edu/vow/AATFullDisplay?find=banner&logic=AND¬e=&english=N&prev_page=1&subjectid=300195679-11/29/2016]

"Michael H. Thompson was a native of San Mateo County, born at Half Moon Bay thirty- three years ago. His father died when he was a child, after which his mother moved to this city with her two sons, whom she cared for as best she could until both had passed their school days and were ready to make their own way in the world. Thomas, the eldest boy, wandered away from home and a few years ago, died in Philadelphia, it is said from the same disease that has robbed the widow of her remaining offspring Mike, or Micky as his intimate acquaintances called him stayed at home and was the mainstay of his mother in her declining years. He was a bright boy at school and became a skilled tradesman at the tannery. In 1895, he was offered a position in the County Clerk’s office by J.F. Johnston and served until 1898 when in recognition of his wide spread popularity he was given the Republican nomination for Clerk and Recorder and was elected. Launched upon a political career his success was assured had he had a proper appreciation of the splendid resources he possessed. Mr. Thompson was known to almost every man in the county, and remarkable through it may seem, he knew almost every citizen. Once he met a person he never forgot either the individual or his name. This, in large measure, accounts for his success. He was generous to a fault, genial in manner, and made friends everywhere. At the conclusion of his official term in 1902, the deceased announced his intention of retiring from county politics, but at almost the last moment changed his mind and did a yeoman service that year to keep the County Clerk’s office under Republican control. After a short service as deputy, he resigned. In 1897 [he] was married in San Francisco to Miss Hilma Sahlberg, an estimable young lady of Redwood, who with her two interesting children — a boy and girl- and his aged mother survives him. He was an active member of the Native Sons, the Redmen, the Ancient Order of Foresters and the Firemen and held an insurance policy in the Woodsmen of the World." [http://www.historicunioncemetery.com/Person.php?person=Thompson%2C+Michael+H-11/29/2016]

Dimensions H-24.5 W-19 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Elections
Flags
San Mateo County
San Mateo County Election
Thompson, Michael H.
Subjects Banners
San Mateo
People Thompson, Michael H.