[Germantown, PA]: [Germantown Print Works].
Textile. Good. An appealing illustrated broadside on cloth bearing a very early appearance of the famous "I cannot tell a lie" cherry tree story. Collins (Threads of History) says it was printed by the Germantown Print Works in Pennsylvania, ca. 1806. The story itself, which was invented by Washington's biographer Mason Locke Weems, first appeared in print that same year, in the fifth edition of Weems' Life of Washington. Aspiring to present George Washington as an ideal role model for young Americans, Weems embellished and invented biographical details to help demonstrate the founding father's honesty and other virtues. Measures approximately 11 x 11.75 inches. Typical staining, some fraying at the right edge, but entire printed border, often found compromised, is present. A nice example.