This is a Centennial banner featuring a depiction of George Washington and his horse, circa 1876. This unique patriotic banner was made and used during the American Centennial celebrations, which were held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876. The printed banner is made of cotton.
The banner features a background of red and white vertical stripes. At center is a detailed depiction of George Washington standing alongside his horse with a document in-hand. The depiction is encircled by a ring of white stars against a blue border. Above and below the central image are two American red, white, and blue shields.
The Centennial Exhibition held in 1876 was the first World's Fair in the United States. The exhibition celebrated 100 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Centennial brought about a spike in displayed patriotism across the nation. The Centennial was commemorated with flags, ephemera, and banners, which would have been used in celebrations such as parades, galas, and local town events. Celebratory banners were designed to be waved and displayed during events, and then easily discarded afterwards, which has made it increasingly difficult to find original examples in good condition.
Overall good condition. There is a water stain visible in the top left corner and bottom left portion, reaching the center but not impacting the central depiction. There is some fading, to be expected with age. Presented in an archival frame with UV acrylic.
Framed dimensions: 35"H x 26" W x 1 1/2" D.
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