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Shooting the Christmas Turkey

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Date made: 1848
Maker: Baillie, James S.
Place: New York, New York
Image size: Image: 10 5/8 x 15 1/4 in.; 26.9875 x 38.735 cm
ID number: DL*60.3395
Negative number: 2003-19908


Black and white print, outdoor scene, of Zachary Taylor and Lewis Cass, both in uniform, holding rifles and discussing the correct position for shooting the a turkey. The turkey is labled "Presidency" and is chained to a stake and being bit on the neck by a fox with the head of Martin Van Buren. Millard Fillmore stands beside cass with his arms raised. In the center of the print, next to the turkey, sits Horace Greeley on the ground next to a tally sheet for Taylor and Cass. Behind Martin Van Buren, a young man (probably David Wilmot) runs forward with his arms in the air and carrying a document labeled "Wilmot Proviso." Additional dialog and phrases appear on the print.