Original Panoramic Photograph: Delegates to the 16th National Convention of the Socialist Party, April 15, 1928. SOCIALIST PARTY, William SPIESS, photographer.

Original Panoramic Photograph: Delegates to the 16th National Convention of the Socialist Party, April 15, 1928

New York: Spiess Studio, 1928. Scarce panoramic photo, captured on the third day of this momentous convention of the Socialist Party, the first to be held following the death of Eugene Debs in 1926 and the first to nominate Norman Thomas as the Party's candidate for President. Thomas (who is visible at center-right of this panorama) would be so nominated for the next five Presidential elections in a row, making him one of the most prolific also-rans in American presidential history. This convention also marked the beginning of a factional split that would greatly diminish the Party's influence through the decade to come, as a younger, "militant" wing of the Party sought increasingly to distance itself from the "Old Guard" socialists who had come to prominence during the first two decades of the century under the leadership of Debs. An excellent and uncommon photograph, capturing the Socialist Party of America in the twilight of its golden age. Original (vintage) silver-gelatin print, ca 8" x 35" (image area 6-1/2" x 33"). In contemporary (possibly original) glazed frame. Sight condition fine but for one small poorly-developed area at left side of image, partially obscuring the faces of three subjects (not examined outside of frame). Captioned in image, with studio mark in image lower right.

Price: $500.00

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