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Object Name Sign
Date 1993
Title Vote yes
Description Political lawn sign (or yard sign), advocating Staten Island's secession from New York City. Round sign made of Masonite, painted light blue with a green silhouette of Staten Island, and an inscription stenciled in white: "VOTE / YES." Attached with screws to a white wooden fence post. The appearance of this sign suggests it is a homemade item, rather than a manufactured product.
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century, Politics)
Acquisition Gift of John Alexander
Ownership and History This sign was from the home of Paul E. Proske on Emerson Hill, Staten Island. Mr. Proske served on the Staten Island Charter Commission, which was formed in 1990 to explore the possibility that Staten Island might secede from the City of New York.

The secession movement culminated in a 1993 election in which secession was approved by the voters of Staten Island, only to be blocked by off-island political forces in the City and State of New York.

Earliest Date 1993
Latest Date 1993
Material Masonite/Wood
Subjects Secession
Lexicon Sub-category Visual Communication T&E
Catalog Number 07.021
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.