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Commemorative souvenirs

Fans were often used for advertising or as commemorative souvenirs. In Europe and the USA, fans were popular gifts for guests at weddings or important public events. Churches and chapels provided Psalm- or scripture-printed fans for their congregations on especially hot days. Many fans had political cartoons or were made with specific colors to represent one’s political stance. This 1930’s gloriously graphic, over-sized silk and satin folk art fan is encrypted with 12 quotes from George Washington’s Farewell Address.

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