Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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Web ID: pat-542
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): 13" x 28.75"
Flag Size (H x L): 3" x 16"
Made for the 1932 Democrat presidential campaign ticket, this embroidered armband supports the candidacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and running mate John Nance Garner. The repeal of prohibition was a major element of the Democrat platform and at least two styles of companion armbands are known with messages that support FDR’s campaign promise. These include “Repeal & Roosevelt” and “Repeal 18th Amendment.”

Made of blue felted wool, with white embroidered text, bound with a red blanket stitch and having red ties at each corner, this is an uncommonly beautiful textile from the first campaign of our nation's only four-time president. Take particular note of the bold and attractive lettering. The tall and narrow font, with a slightly larger "R" and “G.” lend it an attractive appearance.

The 18th Amendment effectively established the prohibition of alcoholic beverages by declaring production, transport, and the sale of alcohol (though not consumption or private possession) illegal, while the separate Volstead Act set down methods of enforcement. The amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919 and took effect on January 16, 1920. For the following 13 years Prohibition was officially in effect, though the ability to enforce it was limited by the Volstead Act and by corrupt and complacent politicians who overlooked illicit manufacturing and smuggling. It was repealed by Congress in 1933 through ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which represented the only instance in American history that a constitutional amendment was repealed in its entirety. Following congressional approval, Franklin Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamation 2065, to officially end prohibition, on December 5, 1933.

Mounting: The textile has been mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and presentation of flags and related textiles and have preserved thousands of examples.

The background fabric is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The cove shaped molding has a very dark brown finish, almost black, with red undertones and highlights. To this a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding was added as a cap. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass. Feel free to contact us for more details.

Condition: Excellent.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
Flag Type: Parade flag
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1932
Latest Date of Origin: 1932
State/Affiliation: New York
War Association:
Price: $1,650

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