George Washington Bicentennial Programs, Portraits and Other Memorabilia.
Lot 787. George Washington Bicentennial Programs, Portraits and Other Memorabilia. Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732 in Virginia. In 1932, the U.S. celebrated the 200th anniversary of his birth with a variety of programs and activities in Washington, D.C. Four programs and another publication are from the Bicentennial: 1. “Programs for the Nation-Wide Celebration in 1932 of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington,” 1931 first edition from the Bicentennial Committee, 32 pages, ex+. 2. “Cantata ‘Washington’,” a May 11 production featuring a massed chorus, the U.S. Marine Band and two soloists at Constitution Hall, 8 pages, g-vg, complete. 3. Program for “Washington’s Vision of a Triumphant Nation,” a “Portrayal in Music and Pageantry” presented by the D.C. Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, May 13 at the Washington Auditorium. The 32-page program is g-vg with ex pages. 4. “Festival of Youth,” May 14 at West Potomac Park, vg, 8 pages. The festival consisted of numerous events for boys and girls, ranging from a Harmonic Band to metalwork and baseball and horsemanship. 5. Also, “The Music of George Washington’s Time,” 1931 from the Bicentennial Commission, vg+, a 34-page softcover publication. 6-7. There are two portraits of Washington, both by Gilbert Stuart. An 8.5” x 11” print is from the Athenaeum portrait and carries an 1893 copyright, vg. The second, from the Vaughan-Sinclair portrait, done in Philadelphia in 1795, is 10” x 12” in color on the cover of the Feb. 16, 1947 “The Sunday Star,” promoted as “Washington’s Pictorial Magazine,” vg. 8. A special piece of art, “In Memory of George Washington,” is based upon an original drawing by Rudolf Cronau, a German artist, illustrator and journalist who settled in the U.S. in the 1890s. He specialized in U.S. Western and Native American art. The 8” x 10.25” artwork for Washington’s Bicentennial is ex-m. There are three other George Washington publications in this collection. 9. “The Will of George Washington,” 1924, published by the Washington Loan & Trust Co. of D.C. to emphasize the importance of having a will, 30 pages, foxing on the covers, g-vg with ex pages. 10. “The Washington Monument,” 1932, Third Edition, 32 pages on constructing the monument with a list of memorial stones and inscriptions, vg softcover. 11. And “Mount Vernon the Home of Washington,” 16 pages, g+. Minimum Bid $15.