|The Pageant of Rex, 1917|
|Author:||Published by Walle & Co., Ltd. (“Lithographers to His Majesty”)|
|Title:||CARNIVAL EDITION, SUBJECT: THE GIFTS OF THE GODS TO LOUISIANA. PAGEANT OF REX, “KING OF THE CARNIVAL.”|
|Published:||New Orleans, 1917|
|Description:||Chromolithograph, 26.5”h x 40.75”w plus margins. Text on verso. |
|Condition:||Old folds, with a few pinpoint separations at intersections and some marginal tears and chips|
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|Price:||$1750 Inventory: BRM1116|
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|A spectacular Mardi Gras poster for1917, issued by the Krewe of Rex.
Rex was founded in 1872 on the occasion of the visit to New Orleans of Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia. Each year a member is named Rex, the King of the Carnival. His identity is kept secret until the day before Mardi Gras, when he receives the key to the city from the mayor and has the privilege of opening the season’s festivities.
The theme of Rex’s 1917 parade was “the gifts of the gods to Louisiana,” and this poster features a parade of twenty floats with titles such as “Gaea prepares deep springs of OIL” and “Pluto’s deep mines yield SULPHUR.” The overall effect is dramatic, and the minute detail of each float rewards closer inspection.