Antique Repeal & Roosevelt Armband | Made to Support the Repeal of Prohibition | Circa 1932

Antique Repeal & Roosevelt Armband
Antique Repeal & Roosevelt Armband
Antique Repeal & Roosevelt Armband
Antique Repeal & Roosevelt Armband

Antique Repeal & Roosevelt Armband | Made to Support the Repeal of Prohibition | Circa 1932


Frame Size (H x L): 15” x 28”
Armband Size (H x L): 3” x 16”  

Offered is an antique “REPEAL & ROOSEVELT” Armband, supporting the repeal of the prohibition and the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  It dates to 1932.  The field is made of blue felted wool, and its edges are outlined with red stitching.  The “REPEAL & ROOSEVELT” is embroidered into place with white stitching.      

An example of this armband is documented in the Threads of History.  It is featured as entry 1076 and was held in a private collection.  Two other examples of this armband are also featured therein.  Entry 1077 is a “ROOSEVELT & GARNER” armband, and entry 1078 is a “REPEAL 18th AMENDMENT” armband.  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 1500 examples, dating from 1775 to 1979.     

The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 29th, 1919, and stated the following:

Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

The National Prohibition Act was enacted to carry out the 18th Amendment’s intent.  Wayne Wheeler of the Anti-Saloon League drafted the bill, and in it, he clarified the meaning of “intoxicating liquors” and provided penalties associated with the 18th Amendment.  The National Prohibition Act is often times referred to as the Volstead Act, named after Andrew Volstead who managed the legislation and who was the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. 

The 18th Amendment and the National Prohibition Act were repealed in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.  Some states continued statewide prohibition after 1933, but by 1966, every state had abandoned their prohibition efforts.  Since then, alcohol controls have been managed at the local level.         

Roosevelt was the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in 1932, and he ran against Herbert Hoover, who was the nominee for the Republican Party.  Roosevelt defeated Hoover.  Roosevelt won 472 electoral votes and 57.4% of the popular vote, while Hoover won only 59 electoral votes and 39.7% of the popular vote.  Roosevelt went on to also win the elections of 1936, 1940, and 1944, making him the only president to serve more than two terms.  He led the United States out of the Great Depression, and also led during World War II.  He died in 1945, just 11 weeks after the Axis Powers surrendered to the Allies.  He is remembered as one our greatest presidents.  

Conservation Process: This armband 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 armband, it was first washed in a standard wash and then in a dye setting wash.  The armband is positioned behind Conservation Clear Acrylic (standard) or behind Optium Museum Acrylic (per request).

Frame: This armband is in an antique oak frame with a floral pattern.  

Condition Report: This armband is in excellent condition.    

Collectability Level: The Great – Perfect for Rising Collectors  
Date of Origin: 1932  

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