This original 1884 chromolithographed small poster measures 12 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches. It was an advertising piece for Jackson Wagon, an example of which stands in the background. These were handed out at county fairs and other local gatherings.
Representing Jackson, was the Sun Flower Band. In a published recollection of Kansas City in the early 1880s was this paragraph..."We visited the county fair that autumn and Jackson Wagons were among the exhibits. An amusing feature was the Sunflower Band, made up of Negro boys whose uniforms were decorated with huge sunflowers. They sang a song, the refrain being 'Perhaps some time in the sweet bye and bye, you'll want a Jackson Wagon'."
We found this poster many years ago in its original late 1800s frame which was too damaged to save. The poster shows its age with foxing, nicked/creased edges/corners. There's tape and adhesive marks on the back from the framing.
But the stars of the poster...THE JACKSON WAGON SUN FLOWER BAND - AS THEY APPEARED AT THE GREAT MINNEAPOLIS FAIR 1883...are still vivid and colorful in their performance sunflower overalls. Lower right is marked... 'Detroit Lith. Co.'
Perhaps some time in the sweet bye and bye, you'll want an original Jackson Wagon Sun Flower Band poster.
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Original 1884 Jackson Wagon Negro Band Chromolith Adv. Poster