Many M’Kinley Pictures Sold
Lithographers Unable to Supply the Demand for Portraits
of the Dead President.
Thousands of pictures of President
McKinley were sold on the streets yesterday. Lithographers who have
been seeking to supply the demand for McKinley pictures said that
as many as 300,000 portraits of the President had been disposed
of since the assassination.
The lithographers have been working
night and day with as many presses as they could bring into service.
It is declared that 100,000 more portraits could have been sold
during the last two days if they could have been produced. In order
to meet the demand “stock” pictures without the black borders and
some that have been hastily blotted with an edging of black have
In the residence districts almost
every house displays a portrait of the President in the window.
Some houses display a picture in every window.
“The taste of people for portraits
of the President runs about alike,” said the manager of one lithographing
firm. “They want a good sized picture with black drapery around
the edge, although they do not want the picture too somber. The
inscription that is most liked bears the last words of the President:
‘God’s will, not ours, be done.’ The great call for pictures has
led the makers to put out some that were left over from the campaign,
but these are not so salable as the lithographs which have black
borders. We have been working our presses all night and are yet
unable to fill our orders.”
Buttons bearing the President’s likeness
on them and decorated with crêpe also are being sold by the thousand.