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Object Name: Kerchief
Date: 1912
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Medium: Cotton
Dimensions: Overall: 19 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. ( 49.5 x 47 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Cotton lithographed campaign kerchief of Teddy Roosevelt with the "Rough Rider" cowboy hat in the center surrounded by seven rows of his intials, "TR"; border of the "Rough Rider" portrait and red dots; printed in red and sepia on a white ground.
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 1952.310
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Marks: printed: all over: "TR" printed: along border: "Made and sold exclusively by, The National Kerchief Co. New York Chicago and San Francisco/ DESIGN PAT APPLIED FOR/ COPYRIGHT 1912 W.A. LOFTUS"

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In Hillary Weiss' book, "The American Bandanna," she writes about this kerchief, "Utilizing Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Rider image from the Spanish-American War, the National Kerchief Co. printed bandannas for his Bull Moose Party candidacy in 1912. The New York Times reported from the convention: 'A woman stood up and waved a bandanna in the most frantic fashion. The woman was beaming... The woman was Mrs. Roosevelt.'


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

Weiss, Hillary. The American Bandanna: Culture on Cloth from George Washington to Elvis. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1990.