Stunning Teddy Roosevelt Campaign Bandanna | A Classic Political Textile | Circa 1904

Teddy Roosevelt Campaign Bandanna - BONSELL | AMERICANA
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Teddy Roosevelt Campaign Bandanna - BONSELL | AMERICANA
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Stunning Teddy Roosevelt Campaign Bandanna | A Classic Political Textile | Circa 1904

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Price: Call 618-553-2291, or email info@bonsellamericana.com   
Frame Size (H x L): 32.5” x 29.5”
Bandanna Size (H x L): 24” x 22”

Offered is a stunning 1904 Teddy Roosevelt and Charles Fairbanks campaign bandanna.  Campaign bandannas were initially produced beginning in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, but became a particularly popular campaign tool in the time period between 1850 and 1920.  They were worn, presented in store fronts, waved in parades, flown at political rallies, and hung from buggy whips.  This particular bandanna was illustrated and sold by a company bearing the name “Lyon Bros.,” Madison, Maine, at 85 cents a dozen. 

An example of this bandanna is documented in the Threads of History, written by Herbert Ridgeway Collins (see item number 863).  The documented example was held in the private collection of Sy Seidman.  Mr. Collins was the curator of the Division of Political History at the Smithsonian Institute.  His book is the best reference available for political textile collectors and includes over fifteen-hundred examples, dating from 1775 to 1979.  In writing his book, Mr. Collins sent thousands of letters to collectors, museums, and universities, and requested their assistance in his quest to document every known political textile.  And while we do encounter textiles that are undocumented, they are rare—highlighting how successful Mr. Collins was in his endeavor.   

Theodore Roosevelt—a writer, soldier, naturalist, and statesmen—was the 26th president of the United States from 1901 until 1909.  Roosevelt was elected as the governor of New York in 1898, and in this position, he was a reformer who was best known for removing corrupt officials and regulating corporations.  Such actions irritated Republican leaders.  And in response, they urged him to run as the vice presidential nominee with William McKinley in 1900, the thought being that Roosevelt’s vice presidential role would be ceremonial in nature and sidetrack him from continuing to reform and regulate.  In 1901, however, McKinley was assassinated, and Roosevelt became the youngest president in history. 

Roosevelt was known for raising awareness of the nation’s role in world politics, trust busting, regulating the railroads, and continuing to fight political corruption.  Notably, in 1902, Roosevelt intervened in the anthracite coal strike upon threats to cut off heating fuel for homes, schools, and hospitals.  He responded by stating that the army would run the mines, and by having Wall Street withhold credit to the coal companies and dump their stocks.  His actions ended the strike and resulted in a pay increase for the miners.  This was the first time that a President had publically intervened in a labor dispute for the laborers, and he characterized his actions as working toward a “Square Deal” between capital and labor.  This became Roosevelt’s slogan in his 1904 election, in which he ran against the democratic contender, Alton Parker.  Roosevelt overwhelmingly defeated him by 336 electoral votes to 140.  He carried every region in the Union, minus the South.  

Conservation Process: This bandanna was hand sewn to cotton fabric, and both were hand sewn to a mounting board.  To prevent the black dye in the cotton fabric from seeping into the bandanna, it was first washed in a standard wash and then in a dye setting wash.  The bandanna is positioned behind a UV resistant acrylic, and spaced apart therefrom using spacers. 

Frame: This offering is in our Medium Gold with Flat Profile Frame.  However, it can be reframed and would look great using any one of our Medium Frames, which are shown in the final image.  The pricing associated with the different framing options may vary.  Reframing of an offering may delay shipment by up to two weeks.   

Condition Report: This bandanna has a tiny stain on the flag above Roosevelt, but otherwise is nearly flawless.  This is a beautiful example of this bandanna, like one of the best in the hobby.   

Collectability Level: The Great – Perfect for Rising Collectors  
Date of Origin: 1904  

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