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DYNAMIC, UNUSUAL KITE, MADE BY MARX BROS., BOSTON IN THE WWI – WWII ERA (1917-45)

Web ID: pat-489
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): 39" x 39.5"
Flag Size (H x L): 29.5" x 28.5"
 
Description:
This strikingly visual object is the “Zimbo Tail-Less Kite” according to its original tag, which is mounted below it in the frame and includes brief instructions of assembly and use. 19th century imagery is the most distinctive feature of the fantastic star field on this fragile, paper item, made sometime during the first half of the 20th century by the Marx Brothers toy company in Boston, Massachusetts (probably ca 1917-1945, WWI-WWII era). The use of two sizes of stars is reminiscent of early flag bunting and atypical of 20th century patriotic goods. This is a rare example. Such kites were produced in a multitude of styles and seldom survived due of their very thin and disposable nature.

Mounting: This is a pressure mount between 100% cotton twill and U.V. protective acrylic. The mount was placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding.

Condition: There are minor losses at the very bottom. The cross stretcher was removed so that it could be more easily mounted.
   
Collector Level: Intermediate-Level Collectors and Special Gifts
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1917
Latest Date of Origin: 1945
State/Affiliation: Massachusetts
War Association: WW 2
Price: Please call (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281
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