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Object Name: Kerchief
Date: 1912
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Medium: Cotton
Dimensions: Overall: 21 x 25 in. ( 53.3 x 63.5 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Cotton lithographed campaign kerchief with a central portrait medallion of Theodore Roosevelt surrounded by a field of diamonds; several stripe borders; printed in red and sepia ink on a natural ground.
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Object Number: 1952.312
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Marks: printed: center: "PROGRESSIVE/ ROOSEVELT/ 19/ 12/ BATTLE FLAG" printed: bottom left corner: "D & C/ NY" printed: around portrait medallion: "COPYRIGHT BY UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD NY"

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This kerchief was made for the 1912 presidential campaign of Theodore Roosevelt. The portrait is derived from an image by Underwood & Underwood, a photography agency that was based in New York City.


Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 371.


"Campaigns on Cotton," New-York Historical Society, June 22-November 3, 2004.

"American Scenes and Events on Textiles," New-York Historical Society, September 30-November 30, 1941.