I own an antique
banner made by the O' Henry Tent and Awning Company. I
believe the banner may have been painted by the late
Fred Johnson. It is a large banner maybe 15 to 18 feet
long. I live in Temecula, California.
The banner is
not signed, and my understanding is Mr. Johnson did not
always sign all of his banners, but worked for the O'
Henry tent & Awning Company for 40 years. Could you
please take a look at the attached photos and tell me
what you think? and do you know of anyone in Southern
California I can take this banner to and have it
for your time.
I really like
your banner. I've forwarded the images to a banner
expert, He should be able to give some info and
pricing on your banner.
I think it was
painted by Fred Johnson as Fred was the only banner
paint the worked for O' Henry.
I will get
back to you as soon as I hear from my friend.
Also do you
have any history of the banner? Was it used on a
sideshow or a traveling movie theater?
Below you will
find information about your banner.
regarding this Fred Johnson, it is a very nice one, in
really good shape, and a very unusual size and
configuration. I have never seen another Johnson
that was this long, with only the exception of a center
banner. This would normally be considered a double
banner, except that there is only one image depicted,
which obviously ran the full height of the show's
bannerline. This was either from a single-o show, or
one of two end banners on the front of a full 10 in 1.
common to have one full banner like this on either end
of a big show. In my humble opinion, this banner
depicts some generic pinheads working or playing on some
hillbilly plantation in the South. Being the size it
is, in this condition, I would think it would be quite
inherent problem with selling something like this is
finding a serious buyer for it, who has the space and
inclination to hang it up.
will remain folded and stuffed under someone's bed and
never see the light of day again. I would like to think
that this might possibly be worth in the neighborhood of
$4000.00 retail. However, like I already said, finding
someone with the scratch and space for this might prove
problematical, regardless or rarity and condition.
I hope this is helpful?
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