Printers' banner, Portland, 1841

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Printers' banner, Portland, 1841

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Description

The Printers group of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association represented their trade with illustrations of four men at a printing press and a Tuttle's patent press and the words "Fulcrum for Archimedes' Lever."

Archimedes is quoted as saying if he had a place to stand, he would move the earth, a quote that often accompanies an image of him pushing on the end of a lever that has the globe on the other end.

The other side of the painted linen banner has the words "The Tyrants's Foe: the People's Friend" surrounding two illustrations of printing presses."

The group participated in a parade on Oct. 8, 1841 in Portland with 16 other artisan groups of the Charitable Mechanic Association, a group that supported and promoted skilled artisans.

Arthur Shirley and Samuel Colesworthy, Charitable Mechanic members, painted the banner.

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About This Item

  • Title: Printers' banner, Portland, 1841
  • Creator: Shirley and Colesworthy
  • Creation Date: 1841
  • Subject Date: 1841
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Oil on linen
  • Dimensions: 104 cm x 109 cm
  • Local Code: 2010.292.015
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
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