For almost two and a half centuries, the durable American republic and its democratic processes have rested on the veneration of cherished symbols. But reverence has its flip side. Satirists, toymakers, game designers—propagandists of all stripes—reveled in playing with politics and with politicians’ images. Comics poked fun at the trappings of office, the pretentions to celebrity, and the games politicians played.
The Strong’s Playing with Politics online exhibit features three-dimensional jokes that bring back the hilarity and contest, and sometimes the scandal, of our political culture.
This exhibit draws from the museum’s collection of toys, games, and cheeky artifacts that help us recover the hopes, the hoots and giggles, and the fears of our forebears.
Click on the image below to explore how Americans played with politics.