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“We Come to Greet You/Gladly We Come” Sign
Artist unidentified

Location: United States

Date: 1875–1900

Materials: Paint on wood and metal with applied metal and paper

Dimensions: 100 1/2 × 24 × 2 1/2"

Credit: Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel

Accession Number: 2015.1.122

Photo credit: José Andrés Ramírez

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Description

This intriguing sign, with its welcoming message, remains a mystery. Research has not pointed to any fraternal groups that were known to use such signs as this, or to objects with this message;  however, its shape does resemble the large wooden poles erected as part of spring maypole festivals in many countries, including the United States. Songs associated with the maypole tradition in America do include the phrases painted on this sign.

Stacy C. Hollander, ""We Come to Greet You/Gladly We Come" Sign," exhibition label for Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection. Stacy C. Hollander, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2016.


“We Come to Greet You/Gladly We Come” Sign
Date: 1875–1900
Artist:
Dimensions: 100 1/2 × 24 × 2 1/2"
Materials: Paint on wood and metal with applied metal and paper
Credit Line: Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel
Place/Region: United States
Accession Number: 2015.1.122
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