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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Child's dress, 1876Child's dress, 1876

A traveling grain salesman from Iowa purchased the fabric, printed with flags and stars to commemorate the U.S. Centennial, for a dress for his baby daughter. A century later a family member who had inherited the dress donated it to the Smithsonian in honor of the U.S. Bicentennial.

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