November 29, 2012

Salesman Sample Flags

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flag dimensions: 17.75" x 29.5", image: Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques via 1stdibs

Speaking of sweet flags, Andy from reference library sent along this amazing, pre-Johnsian artifact from York, PA antiques dealer Jeff R. Bridgman.

It's a salesman sample flag, seven parade flags in graduated sizes, sewn together for convenient comparison shopping. The 48-star design and textile quality suggests WWI-era; Bridgman's description suggests that Jasper Johns must have seen one of these sample sets somewhere before. But then, that's just what a guy charged with selling it to you would say... In any case, awesome.

48 Star Parade Flag Salesman's Sample, POR [1stdibs via reference library]

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