Cigarette silk

Object Number: 
2002.1.3246
Date: 
1890-1920
Medium: 
Cloth
Dimensions: 
4 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: 
A small natural beige silk cloth printed with a woman in a long blue skirt and white billowy peasant blouse and headcloth carrying a flag with red, white and green vertical bars with a central red shield with blue borders divided by a white cross marked "Italy". This flag represented the Kingdom of Italy from 1848-1946, when the shield was removed yielding the current red, white and green flag. Printed "Zira Cigarettes" at the top edge. One of a series of world flags and costumes. Given as collectible premiums by cigarette manufacturers.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group