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What is multi-colored, usually made of felt or nylon, is about two
feet wide and eight feet long and makes you want to jump up and down
and holler “Hooray!” as soon as you see it? That’s
right - its your old college banner or pennant or flag. Its hard
to think of anything that conjurs up a flash of nostalgia as quickly.
Often people in their fifties or sixties still have them hanging up
in their family room. Sometimes people even hang them up in their babies’
nursery - just in case the child wants to take a hint as he or
she grows up!
A quick internet search will lead you to sites which offer banners
for any college you can think of and will custom-make them too. Double-sided
ones can be hung from a flagpole. Some have the letters appliqued on,
some make use of embroidery and some combine the two techniques. Smaller,
triangular shaped banners are usually called pennants - but either
one typically has the recognized letters, colors and logo of the college.
Some high schools display college banners around their halls and in
their classrooms in order to put students in the mindset of going for
higher education. Colleges are usually only too happy to donate banners
for this purpose.
Since tradition is the main ingredient in this kind of enterprise,
college banner designs and colors usually do not change very often.
However, they sometimes do and it is possible, for a little more money,
to get “retro” banners from the old days - such as
a time when a school was having a big winning streak in football.
Small banners made of inexpensive material may be obtained for $20-$30
dollars - larger and more durable ones can run from $85 to $150
or more. There are banners which are officially endorsed and licensed
by colleges and those that are not, but the logo itself may be copyrighted
by a college and the point of them is instant recognition. Often artists
are commissioned to design banners and some art festivals have banner
competitions with awards for design, originality, practicality and artistry.
Show your school spirit and get discount printing on any college banner - customized any way you want!