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The Join-or-Die Dishtowel
The Join-or-Die Dishtowel
The Join-or-Die Dishtowel
The Join-or-Die Dishtowel The Join-or-Die Dishtowel

The Join-or-Die Dishtowel

$15.00 USD

This famous symbol first appeared in 1754.

The "Join or Die" image first appeared in the May 9, 1754, edition of Benjamin Franklin's newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette. It is considered the earliest visual image representing a union of the early American colonies. The woodcut shows a snake cut into eighths — each portion labeled for one of the colonies or regions.

Black ink on white.


These 100% cotton Down South House & Home dishtowels come in two varieties: Workhorse for $10 and Fancy Pants for $15. Both measure about 30”x30” and image is made with commercial grade heat transfers.

Here's a question we get all the time. What's the difference between our Workhorse and Fancy Pants towels? Both are great quality and are hemmed on four sides. The Workhorse is a light, loose weave. The Fancy Pants is a heavier, thicker weave. We give the Workhorse to people who are going to get them dirty making memories. We give the Fancy Pants to people who like to iron their tea towels and display them in their kitchens. Stock up your gift closet with our towels for unexpected occasions.

Workhorse at left, Fancy Pants at right

 Fancy Pants


Heavyweight (about 3 oz. per towel)  Medium weight (about 2 oz. per towel
Hemmed on all four sides Hemmed on top and bottom, fold-over selvage on sides
30 inches square 30 inches square
Lint-free Lint-free
Tighter weave Looser weave
100 percent cotton 100 percent cotton
Machine washable and dryable Machine washable and dryable
Iron only on non-printed side Iron only on non-printed side