Printed textile of Harrison and Morton

Object Number: 
1943.395
Date: 
1888
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 22 1/2 x 24 3/4 in. ( 57.2 x 62.9 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in center: "1888/1892/ HARRISON & MORTON./ PROTECTION/ CIVIL SERVICE/ REFORM./ REDUCTION/ OF SURPLUS."
Description: 
Cotton copperplate-printed kerchief with an American bald eagle mother protecting her three eaglets; chain-link border with stars representing each state; printed in grey, black, and red on a white ground; outer red border.
Gallery Label: 
In her book the "American Bandanna," Hillary Weiss writes about the Harrison & Morton kerchief: "The [import] tarriff was debated so intensely in 1888 that its slogans and symbolism dominated that year's campaign bandannas. The Republican eagle screamed 'Protection' for its eaglets nesting precariously like America's infant industries. 'Let the eagle scream,' counted the democrats, who had offered a 'clean sweep' of import taxes."
Bibliography: 

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

Credit Line: 
Gift of Donald A. Shelley
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group