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What is this?

The faces of Charles Dana Gibson's unmistakable "Gibson Girls". a) The faces are printed in black with light blue patches of color for the hair, on an off-white ground. "a" is machine printed; b) a 1969 Birge reproduction of the original. Same design as "a" but reversed and slightly larger scale. The faces are printed in black over a possibly 3 color floral (?) ground. The background has the appearance of camouflage. "b" is screen printed.

This is a sidewall from United States. It is dated 1902 and we acquired it in 1971. Gift of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Its medium is

machine-printed on paper

Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 62.5 x 56.5 cm (24 5/8 x 22 1/4 in.) H x W (b): 79 x 76.5 cm (31 1/8 x 30 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

a) Printed in selvedge: MH BIRGE & SONS CO. USA 3234 / "COPYRIGHT 1902 BY LIFE PUBLISHING COMPANY." b) Printed in selvedge: "'Gibson Girls' The Birge Co. Inc. Exclusive Hand Prints". Written in graphite on verso: "Birge 1969".

This object was manufactured by M.H. Birge & Sons Co. and created by Charles Dana Gibson

This object was catalogued by Catherine Lynn Frangiamore and donated by Philadelphia Museum of Art

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Sidewall, Bachelor's Wall Paper, 1902 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=3 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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