KOVEL; Nation’s centenary celebrated with special memories | Community
Nations, like people, hold special festivals and celebrations to celebrate birthdays and other successes. In 1876, the United States celebrated its 100th anniversary with the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It started on May 10 of that year. The exhibition celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
There have been many other exhibitions and fairs, and some collectors specialize in memorabilia, posters and even pieces of buildings or exhibits from these important national events. Medals, photographs, postcards, even sugar packets and other food-related specials have been kept, along with toys, books and clothing from the fairs, and they sell easily today. hui. Centennial items are easy to spot from the logos that were used repeatedly at the fair.
Many items, like this red fabric bandana, featured photos of Presidents Washington and Grant, pictures of some of the exhibit buildings, and of course, the official name of the event. A well-known furniture company made a group of tables and other furniture with special inlaid fittings. They included a symbol in a circle for each of the country’s four major industries and the dates 1776-1876. Furniture now sells for over $ 1,000 each. But a cheaper souvenir, this bandana, sold at Conestoga Auction Co. this year for just $ 71. It can be sewn onto a piece of off-white muslin and framed like a picture (the seam can be pulled out leaving it in a near-perfect shape), or it can be dry-mounted and framed.
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