Pope Pius XI: A Well Preserved Vintage Fan from an American Funeral Home

Pope Pius XI: A Well Preserved Vintage Fan from an American Funeral Home

The item is a paper hand fan featuring Pope Pius XI. It was made by Brown & Bigelow (which still exists today and was the first to use Norman Rockwell illustrations) in St. Paul, Minnesota for the Huggins Funeral Home in Abingdon, Illinois (later became the Wiggins Funeral Home).

Pope Pius XI served as pope from 1922 until his passing in 1939. Often you will see the images of popes more frequently used when they are first elected, so this was produced around 1922 but could have been produced at a later date but not likely later than 1939.

It is 18″ long and 8″ wide. The paper is made of a thicker material with a strong wooden handle that   is stapled and glued onto the fan. 

A wonderful souvenir item to be included in the many artifacts connected to Pope Pius XI.

Father Kunst notes that this funeral home also acted as an ambulance service, and this is expressed on the back of the fan.

  • Date February 27, 2024
  • Tags Pius XI, Souvenirs