Floor Closure

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FDR

Object Number: 
2004.13
Date: 
1940
Medium: 
Rayon
Dimensions: 
Overall: 22 1/8 x 21 1/4 in. ( 56.2 x 54 cm )
Marks: 
Stamp: near inner border, twice: "Mastai Collection" Inscription: in ink: "No. 308"
Description: 
Red, white and blue cotton campaign kerchief with stars in corners and stripes running diagonally at center; "***ROOSEVELT***" printed four times in blue within white stripes.
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief was used during the 1940 presidential campaign of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was elected to a third term, defeating his Republican opponent Wendell Willkie. Before its acquisition by the Historical Society, the kerchief was part of the nearly encyclopedic collection of American flags formed by Boleslaw and Marie-Louise d'Otrange Mastai of New York beginning in the 1940s. The collection was broken up and sold in 2002.
Bibliography: 

Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979.

Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
The Mastai Collection; With Early American History Auctions, Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Sale Feb 14 2004, lot #1233)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group