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#SIGN110 - Rare Early T.P.A. (Travelers Protective Association) Very Large Silk
#SIGN110 - Rare Early T.P.A. (Travelers Protective Association) Very Large Silk

Vintage 5 1/2" tall Travelers Protective Association silk. The Travelers Protective Association was establish in June of 1882 in Bellfontaine, Ohio to gain concessions from hotels, railroads and transportation agencies if a member had a grievance.  They were not considered a union, but were registered as a fraternal benefit society. These are very early and came out of a factory that made silks and flags many years ago. Based on the master box, I'd say they are from the early 1900s. As far as we can tell, these are the only examples known.  They say "T.P.A." and have the society logo on them. They are made from the same cloth as cigarette silks, but are larger. They may have been hung on wooden sticks as flags. There was not a big bunch of these found and we have all of them, so we would suggest ordering early as they likely won't be around long. They are not bright white anymore, but are in excellent unused condition. Nice pieces.


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