|AMERICAN SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT PENNANT WITH "VOTES FOR WOMEN" TEXT, CIRCA 1912-1920
|Frame Size (H x L):||16.75" x 31.25"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||8.5" x 20"|
|American Suffrage movement pennant, with a standard, triangular taper. Made of yellow felt, with tapered letters that read simply: "Votes for Women," boldly printed in black pigment. Note how the word “for,” aligned at a steep, downward angle, lends a nice element to the design. A pair of black felt ties are stitched along the hoist.
Golden yellow was the customary color of the suffrage movement in America, a tradition began with the first actual campaign to give women the right to vote. This took place in 1867 in Kansas, the first state to hold a referendum on the issue, when suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Stanton focused their efforts there and wore sunflowers—the state flower—in a show of support, as well as yellow ribbons. The flower was an appropriate emblem for a rising sun and growth, which led to its use in other states, and the carryover of the color to many other objects of the campaign for years to come. In England, green, white, and violet—the names reflecting the letters GWV, from the slogan or chant, “give women the vote”—were the colors of the movement. Various groups used these also in the States, sometimes substituting golden yellow for green or violet, and sometimes with all of the colors represented.
Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed in our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples.
The pennant has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton twill, black in color, that was washed and treated for colorfastness. The mount was then placed in a concave molding with a very dark brown finish, almost black, with reddish undertones and highlights, to which a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed, Italian molding, was added as a cap. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic (Plexiglas)
|Collector Level:||Intermediate-Level Collectors and Special Gifts|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1910|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1920|
|Price:||Please call (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281|