Printed flag on glazed cotton, 4.5 x 7.5 in., framed, 8.25 x 12.25 in. Staggered star pattern. Hand-written inscriptions on both sides of flag: (Obverse) “Fireworks at Harlows G.B.S. & S.A.W. H.A.H.& A.B.W. Went July 4, 1903. Ball game 6 to 4 in favor of Kingfield"; (Reverse) "July 4, 1903. H.A.H. Ball game between Lexington & Kingfield 6 to 4 in favor of Kingfield." Ca 1903.
Since the earliest days of the republic, Americans have observed the anniversary of our nation’s independence as a major holiday and an important time for celebration. Many of today’s Fourth of July traditions- fireworks, parades and games- have their roots in local customs dating back to the post Revolutionary War period.
The written notations on this flag recount the July 4 fireworks celebration and score of a baseball game possibly played between the neighboring towns of Kingfield and Lexington, ME at the Harlow family farm in 1903.
Provenance:J. Richard Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags
Some soiling and toning to flag. Some edge wear.
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