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Catalog Number 1974.297
Description Exempt Fireman's Association Banner, n.d. Bright red cloth banner is rectangular in shape with an inverted arch section at bottom center. Back is lined with a lighter red-colored fabric. Front is bordered with a 1" metallic bronze-colored ribbon. Beneath ribbon along top edge is a 2" bronze-colored metallic fringe. A similar 2.25" fringe is suspended just below bottom edge. Suspended from the bottom two corners on 2.5" cord are matching 5" metallic tassels. A 5.5" x 14" gold-colored horn is painted on the center front of the banner. Above and below the horn in gold 3" lettering that is shadowed by dark and light green is text that reads, "EXEMPT / FIREMAN'S / ASSOCIATION" and in 2.5" lettering below that, "SAN MATEO, CAL." In the center of the inverted arch section at bottom, painted in gold, is a decorative emblem consisting of four flowers that form a cross. Affixed to top of banner are four brass rings through which a brass-colored metal dowel is threaded. Ends of dowel are capped with round brass-colored metal 1.5" finials. Dowel has a center eye screw for hanging and two end eye screws through which a bronze-colored cord with three center loops is affixed.
Object Name Banner
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Exempt Fireman's Association Banner, n.d.
Creator B. Pasquale Company, San Francisco
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "EXEMPT / FIREMAN'S / ASSOCIATION / SAN MATEO, CAL." (painted on front in gold lettering); "FROM / B. Pasquale Co., Inc. / 115-117 Post St., San Francisco / SOCIETY GOODS MFRS." (white label sewn with a feather stitch to back top center using red thread)
Notes A flag is a "piece of cloth, varying in size, shape, color and design, usually attached at one edge to a staff or cord and used as the symbol of a nation, state, or organization, as a means of signaling, etc; ensign; standard; banner; pennant." []

"The Exempt Firemen’s Association is the social branch of the fire department. The Exempt Association has no authority over the governing of the fire department."[]
Dimensions H-40.5 W-24 D-1.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms California
San Mateo
Subjects Banners
California history
Fire fighters