Sunday, July 04, 2021

Hurrah for the Red, White & Blue

They don't make parade floats like they used to, at least in Chariton, where members of The Old Thirteen chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, produced this masterpiece at some point early in the 20th century.

It may (or may not) have been for a Fourth of July parade. I have some more research to do. But if not, it seems appropriate.

In addition to Miss Liberty, 13 white-clad girls are aboard, each wearing a banner to represent one of the original 13 colonies.

Chariton's D.A.R. chapter was chartered on April 20, 1895, and originally named in honor of Sarah McCalla. The name was changed to The Old Thirteen during 1900 to honor a deceased member, Corilla Copeland Lewis (1851-1899), who some years earlier had written the words to a patriotic song with that title that had proved to be popular in D.A.R. and other circles. The chapter was disbanded officially during 2008.

This photo is located in the chapter's oldest scrapbook, now in the Lucas County Historical Society collection. Extremely fragile, it lives in an archival box. I photographed some of the images in the scrapbook several years ago, but neglected to note the context on this one. I'll check the original again --- and see if I can come up with a specific date.

But for now, happy Independence Day!

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