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1872, Greeley & Brown President Campaign flags (U.S.)

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[presidential campaign flag] image located by William Garrison, 29 January 2024


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An 1872 Greeley & Brown President Campaign, mini "Flag of Chappaqua", was posted on eBay. It consists of a short 19th century stars and stripes, with 37 stars arranged in a circular pattern, and slogans:

THE FLAG OF CHAPPAQUA,

THE FLAG OF VICTORY!

GREELEY & BROWN.

It was priced at USD $7899.

William Garrison, 29 January 2024

On the eBay website, the flag is shown next to a measuring tape: Itís about 1Ĺ inch high and about 2 inches wide; itís printed on cloth and sleeved to an actual stick (from twig plucked from a tree in Mr. Greelyís own farm, as certified); the printing seems to be wrongly offset vertically, with the red component mismatching the blue by slightly less than half a stripe (I wonder whether this printing error affected all units produced).

The canton is square and shows one larger central star surrounded by three concentric rings ó respectively with 7, 13, and 16 stars; these are all white with five points, roughly regular (as much as geometry can be ascertained in such a small scale on coarse fabric), and all point to the fly. The shade of blue is very dark: at first glance, the text seems to be in a 3rd color, black.

The text is set in blue capitals on the white stripes in a wide bold serif typeface similar to Copperplate, except for "The flag of Victory!", which is sans serif; "of" is set at a smaller size, while "The Flag" looks tighter and less expanded.

At https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/s7cAAOSwbY9kZSfh/s-l1600.webp we can see the reverse side, not meant for display and showing seeped-through inking, illegible text, and the glued sleeve area at the hoist, which was folded too tight in this one item of this product, in a way that the area of the flag containing the actual design, incl. some of the stars, is warped off the flag plane.

Antůnio Martins-TuvŠlkin, 12 February 2024