Kerchief

Kerchief
Title
Kerchief
Date 
ca. 1918
Medium 
Silk
Dimensions 
Overall: 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. ( 37.5 x 37.5 cm )
Description 
White silk kerchief with purple silk border printed in red and blue. Central rectangular field with engraved image of Woodrow Wilson in frame of stars, surmounted by spread winged eagle, flanked by elongated stars and stripes esutcheons, below crossed flags with inscription "For our flag and country."
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
2003.69
Marks 
inscription (center field,printed): printed signature: "Woodrow Wilson" inscription (center,printed): "THE MAN OF THE HOUR" inscription (printed): "FOR OUR FLAG AND COUNTRY"
Gallery Label 
This kerchief most likely celebrates Woodrow Wilson's triumph in Paris as the broker of the Treaty of Versailles following World War I. President Wilson, whose popularity peaked after the armistice in 1918, was recognized at home and abroad as the leader who had secured an allied victory. The slogan "man of the hour," however, is ironic, because within a year Wilson's popularity in the United States would plummet due to his support for the League of Nations.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group