Textile Printing

The American Antiquarian Society's collection of ephemeral textile printing is housed in two large boxes and consists mainly of badges worn in parades and funeral processions, menus, theater programs, and a few miscellaneous items. Many of the badges feature portraits of political leaders. Other ribbons were designed for parades celebrating public works, such as the opening of the Croton Reservoir and the dedication of a statue to Benjamin Franklin in Boston. The textiles range in date from about 1812 through the early twentieth-century.


Although this ephemeral collection is uncataloged, over one hundred examples of textile printing in the broadside collection have been fully cataloged online in the General Catalog.

An illustrated inventory of the printed ribbon badges collection is available.

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