Blashfield, Edwin

1920s WW1 American Political "Welcome Disabled Veterans" Flag

$175.00
  • 1920s WW1 American Political "Welcome Disabled Veterans" Flag

Blashfield, Edwin

1920s WW1 American Political "Welcome Disabled Veterans" Flag

$175.00

Date: circa 1921
Size: 11 x 17.25 inches
Artist: Edwin Blashfield

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is an organization chartered by the United States Congress for disabled military veterans of the United States Armed Forces that helps them and their families through various means.

In the aftermath of World War I, disabled veterans in the United States found themselves seriously disadvantaged, with little governmental support. Many of these veterans were blind, deaf, or mentally ill when they returned from the frontlines. The idea to form the Disabled American Veterans arose at a Christmas party in 1920 hosted by Cincinnati Superior Court Judge Robert Marx, a U.S. Army Captain and War World I veteran who had been injured in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in November 1918.

The organization's seal has since its foundation featured a World War I soldier, armed, kneeling before Columbia who dubs the man knight. The logo design was taken from a certificate used in World War I for sick and wounded veterans based on a painting by the American painter Edwin Blashfield commissioned by the 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson. A simplified version of this image is still used today as the DAV's seal.

This vintage banner would make the perfect gift for lovers of Americana and history buffs! In excellent condition.