17 June 2003
[TEXTILE]. CIVIL WAR, GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC. Printed banner in the form of a large badge, with bold legend "Welcome Comrades," with a bold design of American Eagle holding sword seated on crossed cannon, with American Flag hanging vertically beneath and a five pointed star enclosing the emblem of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1861-1866. [N.p., probably 1890-1910].
33½ x 22¼ in. Cotton, printed in Federal blue and bright red, edges neatly hemmed, very light stains lower right corner, in a fine carved frame.
An extremely bold design, possibly printed from large wood blocks. Probably displayed in one of the widely attended postwar GAR reunions.
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