Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 447

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
PITTSBURGH COURIER 'DOUBLE V' CAMPAIGN. Double V linen flag, roughly 12 inch square with large vertical red, white and blue stripes, with 'V's in white on either side of a white stripe with red and blue stars. Pittsburgh Courier, circa 1942

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a scarce relic of the pittsburgh courier's wwii 'double v' campaign. The black community was slow to buy war bonds because of previous lack of gratitude for service in WWI. The Pittsburgh Courier, the most popular black newspaper in the country, came up with an answer: 'Double V', V for calling on the government to do more for people of color, and V for Victory against the common enemy. Little flags like this became popular throughout the country with whites and blacks alike. See the Henry Louis Gates article posted on the Root.