I originally wrote this for a community I'm in, it got some good responses so I thought I'd share it here. It's about the 1920 Republican National Convention:
* The last GOP delegate who voted for Lincoln at the convention in 1864 attended for the last time. He wasn't pledged to any candidate. (The overwhelming majority of delegates weren't pledged to anyone, one reason the early part of the convention was so chaotic and the final part was such a backroom compromise.)
* H.L. Mencken attended the entire thing. He approved of chairman Henry Cabot Lodge's supercilious attitude towards the mob of delegates.
* Prohibition meant that the beer you could buy across the street had increased in price from five cents to twenty five cents since 1916.
* Women picketed the convention. The right of women to vote had achieved 35 of 36 states necessary for ratification - two undecided states were GOP-controlled and they sought to embarrass/pressure the party at the convention.
* The animal symbol of the GOP in 1920 was the tiger, based on a nationally famous political cartoon depicting Republican reformers as a tiger taking on Tammany Hall democratic corruption.
* An economics professor passed out pamphlets claiming that candidate Warren Harding's great-grandmother Elizabeth was "a Negress". Nice to know that kooks have always been overrepresented among economists...or vice versa?
* 83 of the 982 delegates to the Republican National Convention in 1920 were black. (For comparison, around 60 of the 2,286 delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention were black.)
* The electric spotlights used to illuminate chairman Lodge were so numerous and powerful that whenever they came on the blinded crowd screamed "TURN THEM OFF!!!"