Prospectus for "The Great Republic," a Republican Campaign Newspaper, 1884
Very good. 8.5" x 11" printed circular, headed "Republicans, Organize for Victory!" Creases, light soiling, about very good. Promotes "The Great Republic" a newspaper that promises to not only be "a leading, reliable, and eminently interesting newspaper," duriing the upcoming Presidential race (between Grover Cleveland and James G. Blaine) but to "improve upon the old-fashioned and questionable method of disseminating campaign news and information." What specific improvements they planned is unclear, other than to promise that the content would be more interesting than that of "official documents sent out as campaign matter," which "are never read." That said, the main plan for selling the paper seems to have been by offering state campaign committees "free" placement of official campaign notices if they purchased a mere 2,000 copies weekly. As far as we can tell, this scheme never came to fruition.