Gridiron Club

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Arlington Hotel


Gridiron Club


January 30, 1897


Washington, D.C.


President-elect William McKinley spoke to the Gridiron Club dinner attendees by telephone from his home in Canton, Ohio. The topical menu is in the form of five playing cards that make a royal flush. The king card depicts William McKinley and his recent opponent William J. Bryant. McKinley holds a gold coin and a tariff bill; Bryant grasps a silver coin and wields a sword inscribed “free coinage.” The queen card shows ex-Queen Liliuokalani of Hawai’i and a Cuban señorita with a cigarette between her lips.