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image located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 10 May 2012
The 1909 Hudson-Fulton celebration was to mark the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of his namesake river, and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton's inauguration of steamboat travel on the river (although the latter was
really 2 years overdue)
The flag of the commission tasked with organizing the celebration is described at Fordham University's Hudson Fulton Celebration Project; "Official Symbols by Caitlin Wills" (see http://www.fordham.edu):
"The official flag of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration featured the three colors of the commemoration: blue, orange, and white. These three colors were characteristic of the Dutch Republic. The flag consisted of three horizontal stripes, from top to bottom, orange, white, and blue. The initials, H.F., were emblazoned in the center of the flag, surrounded by a ring of laurel leaves. The ring of laurel leaves, according to the traditions of antiquity, symbolized victory and accomplishment. The initials H.F. stood for Hudson and Fulton"with additional info:
"The Hudson-Fulton Celebration, planned for years by the Commission, paid exquisite detail to its every element. Official symbols and colors pervaded every aspect of this two-week long celebration, constantly drawing attention back to the accomplishments of Henry Hudson and Robert Fulton. The ubiquitous insignias were present on seals, medals, badges, flags, and posters. All of the symbols bore the seal of the Hudson-Fulton Commission and were handled by the Commission of Badges, Flags, and Posters."A photo of the flag can be seen at the website of the New-York Historical Society website
"Title Flag: Hudson-Fulton CelebrationPeter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 10 May 2012
Object name Flag
Medium Wool, cotton, metal grommets
Dimensions Overall: 40 1/4 x 69 1/4 in. ( 102.2 x 175.9 cm )
Description Wool flag of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909; orange, white and blue striped; red "HF" surrounded by a green laurel wreath printed in the center; white cotton hoist with metal grommets at each end.
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Lucius M. Stanton
Object Number INV.12267
Marks printed: on hoist: "PAT. APPLIED FOR"
Gallery Label This flag was used during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in New York City. The Celebration occur[r]ed over a two week period, September 25 to October 9, 1909."