Cotton, metal grommets
Overall: 46 x 70 1/2 in. ( 116.8 x 179.1 cm )
White cotton "Red Ball" New York Parks Department skating flag; red cotton circle sewn in center; white cotton hoist with metal grommets at each end.
Gift of the New York City Deparment of Parks
printed: on hoist: "STILZ DIXIE BUNTIG/ PHILA., PA. 4x6/ CITY OF N.Y."
In 1862, a swampy area in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, was dammed to create a public skating area. A city official suggested that a means be instituted to inform the public when the ice skating area was suitable for use. At the time surveyors were laying out the area for future development, and in this area was a large hill with a wooden pole at its peak. Some red disks were attached to the top of the pole, so as to be seen from a distance. The "Red Ball" has been used to indicate skating since.
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