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    1901 Pan- American Exposition Flag - Mail Office Flag - Pres. McKinley Assassination. The Pan-American Exposition was a 350-acre World's Fair held in Buffalo, New York from May 1 through November 2, 1901. It is best remembered as the location of the assassination of United States President William McKinley. It was famous for being electrically illuminated at night by Thomas A. Edison.

    The flag is a 30" X 47", wool, single faced, flag with a joined tri-colored, diagonal fabric field of blue, white and red. Centered on the center white stripe is a hand painted, stylized eagle surmounted by a golden-yellow crown and over a green scroll emblazoned with the words "PAX" and "1901" emblem. The flag is marked on the obverse hoist, "COPYRIGHT. PAN_AMERICAN EXPOSITION Co. 1901." On the reverse hoist it is marked and inscribed, "2 ½ X 4" and "PRES. McKinley, ASSASSINATED AT THE MUSIC BUILDING, SEPT. 6 - 1901" and "MAIN OFFICE FLAG" and "DE WEIL." Affixed to the hoist are two US 1901 2¢ Pan-American Commemorative postage stamps and a post-mark from Lisbon, ME dated July 3, 1901.

    The blue portion symbolizes the Northern Hemisphere and the single white 5-point star representing Polaris, the North Star. The red section represents the Southern Hemisphere and the four stars the Crux Australis, the Southern Cross. This flag was designed by Miss Adelaide J. Thorpe, the Assistant Director of Interior Decoration for the Exposition buildings.

    The nation was stunned on September 6, 1901 when anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot President McKinley while touring the temple of Music at the Exposition. McKinley eventually died of gangrene elevating Vice President Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency.

    Documented flags used at the Pan-American exposition rarely come to auction. These flags appeal to World's Fair Collectors and aficionados of both McKinley and Roosevelt presidential artifacts. They are also sought by collectors of Presidential assassination memorabilia.

    Condition: The flag is in good condition. It is used and slightly worn with several small holes.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2020
    6th Saturday
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