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  CANVAS BANNER MADE IN KENTON, OHIO, BY SCIOTO SIGN CO., PROBABLY FOR BIG RAPIDS, MICHIGAN-BASED "LIBERTY DAIRY AND ICE CREAM" COMPANY, 1910-45
Dimensions (inches): 12" x 96"
Description:
CANVAS BANNER MADE IN KENTON, OHIO, BY SCIOTO SIGN CO., PROBABLY FOR BIG RAPIDS, MICHIGAN-BASED "LIBERTY DAIRY AND ICE CREAM" COMPANY, 1910-45:

This long, narrow banner was probably made for the Liberty Dairy & Ice Cream of Big Rapids, Michigan. Made sometime between 1910 and 1945, it is printed in red on extremely fine, white-painted muslin. The text reads simply:

"Eat Liberty Ice Cream; Served Here; Its Healthful"

The manner of construction is similar to what is seen on banners made for presidential campaigns during the F.D.R. years and just prior, but can probably be seen as early as the turn of the century. The banner is signed in the lower left: Scotio Sign Company, Kenton, Ohio. The firm is still in business today and has a website that relates some pertinent history:

"Scioto Sign Company, founded in 1897, is located in North-Central Ohio approximately 64 miles north of Columbus and 30 miles east of Lima. The company name "Scioto" (pronounced Sigh-oh'-toe) comes from a Shawnee Indian word meaning "falling waters" and is the name of a nearby river. The company started out manufacturing advertising specialties such as paper and cardboard signs, muslin banners, aprons and novelties."*

The text and the subject matter are both desirable. Like Scioto Sign Co., Liberty Dairy is also still in business, having at some point moved from Big Rapids to nearby Evert.

Mounting: The banner can be mounted and framed at additional expense or shipped as-is.

Condition: The banner has losses around the perimeter, an attractive degree of fading, and some fold marks.

* http://www.sciotosigns.com/about.asp
   
Primary Color: red, white
Earliest Date: 1910
Latest Date: 1945
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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