Library of Congress
Mrs. H.H. Morey, perhaps in 1889, dated by
the fabric hanging behind her.
[This photo may be a little yellow]
I had long thought this yardage featuring Presidents George Washington & Benjamin Harrison was campaign yardage for Harrison who was inaugurated in 1889. But no, it is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Washington's inauguration in New York.
New York had a three-day event at the end of April, beginning
of May in 1889. Triumphal arches, parades, etc.
The temporary plaster arch in Washington Square was so popular
they rebuilt it in permanent fashion after the parades.
There don't seem to be a lot of surviving souvenirs.
Here's Harrison giving a speech before the giant
statue of Washington on the site of the 1789 inauguration.
St. Louis Post Dispatch
New York's celebration may have been the largest but towns
all over the U.S. celebrated.
Going back to Mrs. Morey, her photo is not of her home in Chelsea, Vermont but shows her at the neighboring Turnbridge World's Fair. (That's what they've called it for over 150 years.)
Turnbridge World's Fair, 1885
She's sitting in the Millinery & Dressmaking Exhibit.
The yardage came in at least two colorways.
And a few people made quilts out of it
Small piece displayed at the Virginia Quilt Museum
Same style, different quilt
From Carol Weiss at Rue du Tresor
Which makes one wonder if this is not
a Washington Centennial panel too.
International Quilt Festival Collection
Front of a quilt recorded by the Western Pennsylvania project
from the Quilt Index
Another backing. They know what they have there at the Harrison site. Their caption
made it clear to me.
Everybody in New York must have turned out to see those three
days of parades, including my Irish grandparents---young
children in 1889.
Fifty years later in 1939 they had an even bigger celebration of the 150th anniversary, the 1939 Worlds Fair at Flushing Meadows.