Printed textile of Harrison and Morton

Printed textile of Harrison and Morton
Title
Printed textile of Harrison and Morton
Date 
1888
Medium 
Cotton
Dimensions 
Overall: 22 1/2 x 24 3/4 in. ( 57.2 x 62.9 cm )
Description 
Cotton copper-engraved 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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Donald A. Shelley
Object Number 
1943.395
Marks 
printed: in center: "1888/1892/ HARRISON & MORTON./ PROTECTION/ CIVIL SERVICE/ REFORM./ REDUCTION/ OF SURPLUS."
Gallery Label 
In Hillary Weiss's "American Bandanna" she 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."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group