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Catalog Number 1983.205
Description Veterans of Foreign Wars Flag, n.d. Rectangular dark blue banner with gold lettering and the United States eagle emblem in the center. The top right and bottom edges have gold tassels attached. The gold lettering is machine done in a satin stitch. The blue fabric is similar to a silk. The words on the banner say "MATALAN POST NO. 2068 / HILLSBOROUGH, SAN MATEO, BURLINGAME, CALIF / MUSTERED IN APRIL 23RD 1931 / VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS / OF THE / UNITED STATES" The first line ("MATALAN POST NO. 2068") is the largest font curving up in the center and the next two lines are medium font. The fourth line ("VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS") is also in the larger font but curving down in the center. The fifth line ("OF THE") is in smallest font and the sixth line ("UNITED STATES") is in medium font. The left side of the banner has no fringe attached and has a loop where a pole could have been. The loop was originally machine stitched but it looks like over time it was hand stitched to stay together. The seal in the center is 17in. x 17in. it has 4 large identical geometric shaped extending up down and to the right and left of it. Their coloring starting from the inside is creme, gold, dark orange, gold. In between each of these 4 shapes is 3 smaller shapes which point towards the 4 corners of the banner. The three shapes are solid colors, the two on the outside are light orange while the third one in the center is gold. All of these shapes surround a circular banner with the words "VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES". Inside that circle is another circle with the United states seal with the eagle with wings spread, holding arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. There is a shield covering his chest with a blue rectangle on top and red and white vertical stripes on the bottom. Theres a gold banner behind its head with black font reading, "E PLURIBUS UNUM", and a 13 stars encircled above its head.
Object Name Banner
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Veterans of Foreign Wars Flag, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
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 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is a U.S. organization comprised of men who have served overseas in the military during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War...The VFW was established in 1913, consolidating three organizations created by Spanish-American war veterans. From its inception, the VFW has sought to promote patriotism and national security. Its paramount mission, however, has been ensuring that needy and disabled veterans receive aid." []
Dimensions H-55.5 W-70.25 D-0.75 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Burlingame
San Mateo
Subjects Banners
California history