Woven on silk:-
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
OF THE OHIO VALLEY AND CENTRAL STATES.
19.5cm deep by 25.0cm wide
by Austin Sprake:
Mannion is credited as one of Stevens' agents in the U.S.A. and it seems clear that some of Stevens's silks were being sold under Mannion's name. "The Finish" has been seen with similar Mannion identification.
by Geoffrey Godden:
As for the silk pictures above, one card mount has the Mannion name as the weaver, whilst the other has no name. Note however that the Mannion version has more of the building displayed to the left of the picture.
It would seem that visitors to the Exposition were able to buy un-mounted copies of the picture silk, and have them attached to stiff backing paper as if they were bookmarks. Below is an image of one such " loose " silk picture. Of particular interest though is the wording printed on that backing paper:
WOVEN IN PURE SILK
STEVENGRAPH MFG. CO.
J. J. MANNION & CO., Sole Props
Taken at face value, this printing would reinforce that Stevens and Mannion worked together.
" loose " picture silk attached to stiff backing paper as if it were a bookmark.
Despite the printed wording on this backing paper, this silk is probably the STEVENS version.
totally loose version with the extended buildings on the left, is probably that of Mannion
It would seem that Drummers' Day was celebrated at the expedition, and the " bookmark version " was overprinted with suitable words:
silk ribbon over-printed with DRUMMERS' DAY wording. This ribbon measures 23.0cm long, by 6.4cm deep.