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"ROOSEVELT BATTLE FLAG" KERCHIEF, MADE FOR THE 1912 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT, WHEN HE RAN ON THE INDEPENDENT, PROGRESSIVE PARTY TICKET, SIGNED "D&C / NY" WITH "UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD" IMAGE COPYRIGHT

"ROOSEVELT BATTLE FLAG" KERCHIEF, MADE FOR THE 1912 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT, WHEN HE RAN ON THE INDEPENDENT, PROGRESSIVE PARTY TICKET, SIGNED "D&C / NY" WITH "UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD" IMAGE COPYRIGHT

Web ID: ker-253
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): Approx. 32" x 34"
Flag Size (H x L): 22.5" x 24.5"
 
Description:
Printed cotton kerchief, made for the 1912 presidential campaign of Theodore Roosevelt when he ran on the Progressive Party ticket (the Bull Moose Campaign). This graphic textile features a vertical, oval portrait of TR in the center, around which, in a narrow border, is text related to the portrait image. This reads “Copyright by Underwood & Underwood, NY. ” Above the oval window in the word "Progressive" and beneath is “Roosevelt 1912 Battle Flag”. All of this appears on a traditional western style design that consists of a geometric field of diamonds, surrounded by two lineal striped borders. This general style of red bandanna was a Roosevelt trade mark and could be regularly be seen tied about his neck in his many outdoor and military expeditions.

In the extreme lower left corner is the signature of the maker "D & C / NY." While the identity of "D & C" remains unknown, Underwood & Underwood was the world's largest publisher of stereo views. Founded in Kansas in 1881, it relocated in NY in 1887 then expanded elsewhere. The company became an early leader in News Bureau photography and dealt in other photographic images. This appears to have included woodcut or copperplate engravings, such as Roosevelt's attractive portrait that appears on this bandanna.

Roosevelt's decision to enter the 1912 election was not exactly popular among many of his friends and former supporters. His participation manifested into a unique political incident, in which the independent, Roosevelt, beat out a major party ticket, garnering 27.4% of the vote. At the same time, however, he lost the White House, not only for himself, but for his former Republican friends as well, by dividing support between his own candidacy and that of incumbent President William Howard Taft. The result handed the office to Woodrow Wilson, who became only the second Democrat politician to be elected to our nation's highest office since 1856 [noting that Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, 1885-89 and 93-96).

A kerchief in this style is documented in “Threads of History”, by Herbert Ridgeway Collins, as item 935 on page 371 (Smithsonian Press, 1979). Collins served as curator of political history at the Smithsonian and his landmark text is considered the definitive reference on political flag and textile collecting. A very similar example is also featured on page 371 as item 934. It is basically the same bandanna, except that the border on that version is scalloped, while this one is comprised of a series of solid then dotted lines that cross at each corner.

Mounting: The kerchief was mounted and framed within 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 gilded molding has a slanted profile between a flat inner and outer edge. To this a black-painted, hand-gilded, and distressed molding, with a scooped profile, is Italian. To this a black-painted, shadowbox molding, with a bowed profile and a textured surface, was added as a cap. The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color, which has been washed and treated for colorfastness. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic (Plexiglas).

Condition: Exceptional among known examples.
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Collector Level: Intermediate-Level Collectors and Special Gifts
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1912
Latest Date of Origin: 1912
State/Affiliation: New York
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