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Large damaged Deutsche Arbeitsfront banner with a swastika and cog wheel

Object | Accession Number: 2012.91.1 a-b

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Very large Musterbetriebsfahne [Model factory banner], torn into two panels, of the type awarded by the National Socialist German Labor Front [DAF / Deutsche Arbeitsfront] as of 1941. Known as the Golden Banner, it has a black swastika inside a 14 pronged gold cogwheel on a red field, the symbol of the DAF. The Nazi regime abolished all trade unions in 1933 except the DAF, to ensure political control over industry. On August 29, 1936, the Performance Contest of German Businesses was established to reward the factory with the highest increases in production. A banner was awarded yearly on May 1st, with the honorary title, National Socialist Model Factory. In 1941, the award emphasized the production of goods important to the war effort.
    Date
    undated: 
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of George J. Albright III

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Flags
    Object Type
    Banners (lcsh)
    Genre/Form
    Flags
    Physical Description
    The components are for 2 damaged panels from a large banner with a cogwheel and swastika design. It is separated near the center of the swastika; the left side has slightly more than half of the central design.
    a. Rectangular left banner panel made of woven wool cloth featuring a partial gold cogwheel with 5 full and 1 half cog, with a black border. Within the gear is a black bordered white circle with a partial black swastika in the center. The surrounding field is red. The sides are selvage and an uneven, yellow cloth strip is sewn to the top. The hemmed panel is missing the bottom third.
    b. Rectangular right banner panel made of woven wool cloth, featuring a partial gold cogwheel with 6 full cogs, with a black border. Within the gear is a black bordered white circle with a partial black swastika in the center. The surrounding field is red. The sides are selvage and an uneven, yellow cloth strip is sewn to the top. The hemmed panel is missing the bottom third.
    Dimensions
    a: Height: 78.000 inches (198.12 cm) | Width: 61.000 inches (154.94 cm)
    b: Height: 119.000 inches (302.26 cm) | Width: 74.000 inches (187.96 cm)
    Materials
    a : wool, cloth
    b : wool, cloth

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Nazi Labor Front

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The banner was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by George Albright III.
    Record last modified:
    2024-07-17 14:55:57
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