Unattributed. "International Exhibition. 1876. Philadelphia."
Philadelphia, 1876. Cotton bandanna, printed in purple. 21 3/4 x 26. Some light stains and wear in margins. Overall, very good condition.
Souvenir images of the Centennial appeared in many other forms besides prints. These souvenirs ranged from poorly made items to those of considerable quality and beauty. One type of the latter were cotton bandannas upon which were printed views of Exhibition buildings. These colorful kerchiefs were purchased by fair-goers both for practical use and for decorative purposes. As with many types of ephemeral souvenirs, few of these linens have survived.
A more elaborate bandanna, this shows images of three of the main exhibitions halls; Main Building, Horticultural Building, and the Art Gallery. Rondels grace the corners, with a portrait of Washington in the top left, Grant in the top right, and shields in the bottom corners.