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TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION PENNANT, CELEBRATING 100-YEARS OF TEXAS INDEPENDENCE FROM MEXICO AND ITS ESTABLISHMENT AS AN INDEPENDENT NATION

TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION PENNANT, CELEBRATING 100-YEARS OF TEXAS INDEPENDENCE FROM MEXICO AND ITS ESTABLISHMENT AS AN INDEPENDENT NATION

Web ID: pat-545
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): 16.5" x 36.5"
Flag Size (H x L): 9" x 26.25"
 
Description:
While most states celebrate anniversaries of statehood, Texas and Hawaii are the only two that previously existed as independent nations. Spain claimed ownership of a significant portion of modern-day Texas in 1519, as an extension of Mexico. France claimed ownership for a 5-year period, from 1685-1690, returning to Spanish rule thereafter. In 1821, Mexico declared its independence, taking Texas with it, maintaining control until 1836, when it became the Republic of Texas, declaring its own independence, following the Texas Revolution (1835-36). It maintained this status until 1845, when it was annexed into the United States and granted statehood. This led to the Mexican War (1846-48).

The anniversary most revered in Texas is the year it became its own nation. In 1936, a large World’s Fair was held in Dallas, to honor the event, called the Texas Centennial Exposition, or the “Central Centennial Exposition.” Like many World’s Fairs, this ran for a lengthy period, just under 5 months, at Fair Park, from June 6th to November 29th. The expo attracted almost 6.5 million visitors, including then-president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Creating 10,000 jobs it is credited with buffering Dallas from the Great Depression.

The pennant is made of navy blue, wool felt, with a red, felt binding and ties, machine-sewn along the hoist end. The words “Texas-Centennial” appear towards the fly end, in white, in Art Deco-style lettering, with the seal of the exposition to the left, toward the hoist. The device centers on the six flags under which Texas stood, including those of France, Spain, The United States, itself, as the Republic of Texas, and the Confederacy. It is of interest to note that the design of the Texas State Flag displayed with the group is depicted improperly, with a blue canton, as opposed to a blue bar, along the hoist.

Mounting: The pennant was 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 have preserved thousands of examples.

The background fabric is 100% hemp fabric, or a hemp and cotton blend (we use both, interchangeably), ivory in color. The step-down profile 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 liner. A shadowbox was created to accommodate the ties. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic. Feel free to contact us for more details.

Condition: There is modest fading of the blue ground, but there are no serious condition issues.
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Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1936
Latest Date of Origin: 1936
State/Affiliation: Texas
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Price: Please call (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281
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