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  1. Hey guys, Check out my latest purchase from eBay. Great old vintage pennant from the New York State Normal School, which as you know, eventually became UAlbany. It's extremely rare and in excellent condition considering that it's from the late 1800s. Letters are stitched and the pennant comes in 3 separate shapes of wool/felt fabric that have been sewn together - this is a very old design technique. The color gold remains but the purple has faded over time, which would be expected considering that the purple dyes back then were not nearly as robust as the normal stock colors of the day and washed out easily. Poor quality of purple dyes was one of the reasons why UAlbany proposed changing the school colors back in 1921, but the motion never passed. I hand washed it with Woolite and cold water to remove the century of dust and dirt embedded in it. I talked to the university archivist and he said the pennant may date from 1897 when the first sports are mentioned in The Echo, the monthly student literary magazine/newspaper/alumni magazine all rolled into one, or from 1898 when we played our first inter-collegiate baseball against Oneonta. Here it is after the clean up phase: I got this professionally framed to preserve the pennant. I went with a gold frame and purple matting to compliment the time faded purple and gold pennant. That's museum quality glass too , peasants don't know about that. It sits nicely in my humble home office
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