We love with vintage American flags. What better way to honor a flag than to give it new life? The more tattered and discolored, the more beautiful. We recommend using vintage flags as framed art for your home, to decorate the mantle above a fireplace, or lovingly draped in a corner of the room you'd like to highlight.
In our Nantucket and Aspen stores, we've built a collection of vintage American flags for sale, including some rarities like a 45-star flag, as well as 48, 49 and 50-star flags. Here is a primer on everything you need to know about the history of the these different American flags.
45-star American Flag
The 45 star flag became the official flag of the United States on July 4th, 1896. The 45th star was added for the admission of the state of Utah on January 4th, 1896. The flag lasted for 12 years. Three Presidents served under this flag, including Grover Cleveland (1893-1897), William McKinley (1897-1901), and Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909).
48-star American Flag
49-star American Flag
On January 3rd, 1959, the 49 star flag became the official flag of the United States. Alaska was the 49th state formally granted statehood under an Executive order by President Eisenhower (January 3rd, 1959). The additional star provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically. The 49-flag flew for only one year, and it was flown only under President Eisenhower.
"The first 49-star flag was made in the Army Quartermaster Depot at Philadelphia, and was used in the White House ceremony when President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) signed the proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union. Subsequently, this flag was carried to Philadelphia by Senator Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, who gave it to the mayor of Philadelphia to raise over Independence Hall on July 4th, 1959. After these ceremonies Scott gave the flag to his colleague, Senator Earnest Gruening of Alaska, who, in turn, delivered it to Governor William A. Eagan to be flown over the state capitol at Juneau. This flag was later given to the Alaskan State Mueseum for preservation." -- US flag.org
50-star American Flag
The 50 star flag was ordered to become the official flag of the United States on August 21st, 1959, though it began flying on July 4, 1960. With the formal addition of the state of Hawaii ( August 21st, 1959), the 50-star flag provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizon tally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically. The 50-star flag has flown in the U.S. ever since...it is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for approaching on 60 years. According to Reader's Digest , the 50-star flag was began as a high school project for which the student Bob Heft only received a B- on his project. The flag was later chosen by President Eisenhower as the design for new flag out of 1000+ designs, and Heft's grade was bumped up to an A. Over 10 presidents have served under this flag, from Eisenhower through to the present.
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