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Washington Monument Commemorative Ribbon

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Overall: 7 x 2 3/4 in. ( 17.8 x 7 cm )
White silk copper engraved ribbon with central image of George Washington surrounded by neo-classical floral motif frame surmounted by curling acanthus leaves; printed beneath portrait bust "In Commemoration of laying/ the CORNER STONE of the/ WASHINGTON MONUMENT./ Oct.r. 19th 1847."
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This ribbon commemorates the laying of the first cornerstone of the Washington Monument in 1847. Major construction took place between 1847-56 and 1876-84, although plans for a national monument began as early as 1783. The President's death in 1799 rekindled public interest in the previously proposed memorial, and with the leadership of John Marshall and James Madison, a 1936 design competition chose architect Robert Mills' neoclassically inspired obelisk and collonade design for the memorial.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group