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Flag

Object Number: 
1943.392
Date: 
1943
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 1/2 x 51 1/4 in. ( 82.6 x 130.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in center: "CD"
Description: 
White cotton Civil Defense flag with a blue circle printed in the center; circle has a upside-down white triangle with the intials "CD" inside; white hoist.
Gallery Label: 
In 1942, German Radio vowed retribution against New York for the bombing of Berlin. Mayor Fiorello La Guardia became the unpaid head of the U.S. office of Civilian Defense. During the War over 400,000 New Yorker's enrolled. Organized at the block level, they were divided into two groups: "civilian protective groups" (aircraft spotters, auxillary firemen, etc.) and "community war services" (rationing, childcare, etc.) Fears of a war with Russia Civil Defense offices were not closed at War's end.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Civilian Defense Volunteer Organization of New York City
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group