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Printed textile

Object Number: 
1939.157
Date: 
1876
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 3/4 x 6 in. ( 27.3 x 15.2 cm )
Marks: 
woven: top center: "PHILADELPHIA / INTERNATIONAL - EXHIBITION" woven: across bottom: "CENTENNIAL - UNITED STATES - INDEPENDENCE- woven: bottom left: "MEMENTO / 1776 / J. B. CHAMPROMY" woven: bottom right: SOUVENIR / 1876 / A. LARCHER PA"
Description: 
Vertical rectangular jacquard-woven souvenir picture in various colors of silk commemorating the Philadelphia Centennial International Exhibition; American bald eagle against star-studded aurora, holding crest, banner and laurel leaves, image of George Washington beneath set in laurel leaves with an American flag on either side, bottom half has image of the exhibition site and things relating to Philadelphia--stream train, harbor, wheat shafts, etc., inscription on banner across bottom.
Bibliography: 

Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 197.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mary Otis Stevens
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group