Souvenir woven in The Worlds Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893

(building)
Administration Building

And the Star Spangled . . / Welcome To All Nations

Reference Number:- Darby Number:- Godden Number:-
sb 1868  97 658
 

same bookmark, still
attached to stiff backing
paper, with printed
Thomas Stevens name
 
Worlds Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893 bookmark still on stiff backing paper with Stevens name
same bookmark, still
attached to stiff backing
paper, attributed to
J.J. Mannion
 
Worlds Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893 bookmark still on stiff backing paper with no name
 
 
 
 
 
unknown2 - bookmark
the image of this bookmark
kindly donated by
Georg Hartong, The Netherlands
Words:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(4 USA flags on pole)

 
 

SOUVENIR

WOVEN IN THE WORLDS COLUMBIAN
EXPOSITION CHICAGO 1893

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

[image of building]

 

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

AND THE
STAR SPANGLED BANNER
O LONG MAY IT WAVE

OER THE LAND OF THE FREE
AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE

WELCOME
TO ALL
NATIONS

 

Size of Silk:
15.2cm long by 6.4cm wide
Alternative back-ground colours:
 
Comments:
There is no weavers mark anywhere on this bookmark, and as can be seen from the accompanying images, it is seen attached to two different original stiff backing papers, one with Stevens name clearly shown.

There is recorded in this Stevens bookmark catalogue a number of " SOUVENIR " bookmarks, featuring the Worlds Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. Over several years the early membership of the Stevengraph Collectors Association looked at the stiff backing papers for these SOUVENIR bookmarks. From admittedly a small sample, the conclusion was nevertheless drawn that:
where the printing on the stiff backing paper said " SOUVENIR WOVEN AT THE . . ", the attached bookmark had been woven by STEVENS.
where the printing on the stiff backing paper said " SOUVENIR OF DISCOVERY . . ", the attached bookmark was attributable to J.J. MANNION.
Both Stevens and Mannion had looms working, so both wove silks, although it seems likely Stevens supplied the cards for both looms. It also seems as if both exchanged bookmarks, so will find the same silk on both labels.
From this conclusion, as shown above, this identical bookmark is seen attached to both the STEVENS backing paper and also the MANNION backing paper.



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