Souvenir
woven in The Worlds Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893

(building)
U.S. Government Building
(flag & cannon)

Reference Number:- Darby Number:- Godden Number:-
sb 1884 100 661
 

same bookmark, but with large gap after
the upper flag
 
Bookmark from the Worlds Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893
 
 
 
Bookmark from the Worlds Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893
Words:
 
 
 
 
{red, white & blue stripes}
 
{Stars and Stripes flag}
 

SOUVENIR
WOVEN IN THE WORLDS COLUMBIAN
EXPOSITION CHICAGO 1893

 
 
 
 

image of building

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT BUILDING

 
 
 
 
 

image of early American
Stars & Stripes flag
with cannon

 

Size of Silk:
20.3cm long by 6.4cm wide
Alternative back-ground colours:
 
Comments:
Neither bookmark is signed on the reverse with the STEVENS name.
It is believed that Mannion was an agent of STEVENS, and at this Exposition, both STEVENS and Mannion had looms working. It is also believed, although not proved, that Mannion used the same cards as STEVENS.
Research also suggests that bookmarks attached to stiff backing paper with the printed words " SOUVENIR WOVEN AT THE . . " were made by STEVENS. Those bookmarks attached to stiff backing paper with the printed words " SOUVENIR OF DISCOVERY . . " were made by Mannion.
Below are images of identical bookmarks, one attached to the stiff backing paper with STEVENS name printed, the other with no printed name. It is assumed these two are examples of the research outcome.
 

Printed STEVENS name on stiff backing paper:

Different printed wording on stiff backing paper:

 
Stiff backing paper to which this bookmark is still attached, showing the Thomas Stevens' name
 
 
 SOUVENIR
 Woven at the
 World's Columbian
 Exposition
 1893
 BY THOMAS STEVENS
 Coventry, Eng.
 INVENTOR AND MANUFACTURER OF
 Pure Silk Woven Book Marks
 
Stiff backing paper to which this bookmark is still attached
 
 
 
 SOUVENIR
 OF
 Discovery of America
 AND
 World's Columbian
 EXPOSITION
 WOVEN IN PURE SILK


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This page was created on 10 May 2009
image with large gap added 22 March 2016. Image of bookmark still attached to Mannion stiff backing paper added 17 June 2017, and with Stevens printed name added 12 April 2020 © Peter Daws
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