The True Cause [Anti-Free Trade]
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The True Cause [Anti-Free Trade]

c1910s. Colour lithograph, signed “A.B. White” in image lower right, 77 x 50.1cm. Replaced upper edge and missing portions, repaired creases, minor soiling. Linen-backed.

Text continues “‘Drink! No, sir. It’s free imports that drives me to pawn my tools to keep the missis and kids from starving. What we want is tariff reform.’ TRL No. 124B. Printed by Hill, Siffken & Co. (LPA, Ltd.), Grafton Works, London N.; and published by the Tariff Reform League, 7 Victoria Street, London SW. (Copyright).”

The Tariff Reform League (TRL) was a British pressure group formed in 1903 to protest against ‘unfair’ foreign imports and to advocate imperial preference, a system of tariff concessions, to protect British industry from foreign competition. Well-funded, the League, which was disbanded after WWI, included politicians, intellectuals and businessmen. Ref: Wiki.

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Item #CL182-13

Price (AUD): $1,350.00  Other currencies

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