30872-2 Tavern Signs Blue
Tavern Signs from Windham Fabrics in association with the Connecticut Historical Society
Long before neon lights or billboards, painted tavern signs were the primary form of outdoor advertising. Before interstate highways, these signs marked Americans travels along dusty or muddy roads by horse, private carriage, or stagecoach. In the 18th and 19th centuries, taverns and inns provided essential services, ones so important that colonial laws in Connecticut required every town to have an inn or tavern identified by "some suitable Signe." These establishments were places for travelers to find food and lodging for themselves and their horses and for locals to meet, drink, and share news.
Between 1750 and 1850, there were more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering a glimpse into tavern life, travel, and patriotic ideals in early America. Only a fraction of these signs survive. The Connecticut Historical Societys collection (numbering more than 60 signs) is by far the largest and most spectacular in the country. Bold eagles, exotic lions, prancing horses, cheerful travelers, patriotic heroes, Masonic symbols, and beautiful lettering adorn these signs, along with dozens of other images, each unique.
Windham Fabrics in association with the Connecticut Historical Society is proud to bring to life this glimpse into Americas past. This fabric collection commemorates the road traveled by those pioneers who made America great.
Fabric is 100% cotton and 42/44" wide.
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