Souvenir Handkerchief 2

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From the Clifton Waller Barrett Collection

To make room for the advertisements, this muslin handkerchief eliminates the decorative scrollwork from top and bottom, and takes the words celebrating the popularity and power of Uncle Tom's Cabin out of the remaining pieces of scroll. Presumably, however, Jewett & Company authorized this commercial use of the design, not to mention the Whittier song and, of course, Stowe's anti-slavery text. The ads themselves don't seem to be directed at any particular part of the reading public: "Combs and Fans," for example, seems targeted to women, but that presumably wasn't the case with "Pig and Sheet Lead."

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