They say that good advertising draws the reader’s eyes from its surroundings – and this arresting example from 1934 certainly met that standard.

This broadside by Farmer-Laborite R.B. (Rudy) Illgen goes into substantial detail about the effectiveness of the incumbent, Warren E. Hastings, regarding school relief funds for Two Harbors schools, with Illgen accusing Hastings of taking credit for a measure for the work that was mainly the work of others.

Even if Illgen’s claim about the schools had merit, it didn’t match up with the compelling claims of the headlines and illustration. He didn’t demonstrate that Hastings had stabbed Governor Olson – or anyone else – in the back.

On Election Day, Floyd B. Olson was easily reelected. So was Warren E. Hastings.

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