1. Wyoming, since 1917

    Wyoming: It’s where the bison are.

    (designer: Verna Keays)

  2. An Act to Alter the Flag

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That from and after the first day of May, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, the flag of the United States, be fifteen stripes alternate red and white. That the Union be fifteen stars, white in a blue field.

    Passed on 13 January 1794, this flag created the fifteen-stripe fifteen-star “Star Spangled Banner” that was adopted on 1 May 1795 and was official until 4 July 1818, by which time there were already 20 states in the Union.

    (Source: Flickr / usnationalarchives)

  3. Southern Nationalism, since 2013

    Having decided, I suppose, that the Confederate flag was insufficiently sinister-looking for their purposes, Southern (read “White Southern”) Nationalists in the United States have adopted this stark black and white flag. According to an explanation on southernnationalist.com (a website I would advise against visiting if you don’t want to end up on a watch list), the white stands for European heritage, hierarchy and tradition, while the black stands for nationalism. The cross is obviously a reference to the Confederate flag, but it’s also said to be reminiscent of the Cross of Burgundy (which is often used as an “official” explanation for Confederate-style imagery on a flag when a direct reference to the Confederacy would be inappropriate.) It’s also supposed to represent the number 10, which has no meaning in and of itself, but is written as “dix” in French. Dix, Dixie. Get it?

    There is an interview with the semi-anonymous creator of the flag on YouTube, which is both fascinating and a little creepy. He’s standing next to his own home-made version, which appears to be a white sheet with black paint on it. He talks about how he was first inspired by the flag of Alabama (itself ultimately based on the Confederate flag), which he found striking in its simplicity. He says the design is very European and you’re not going to find it anywhere else. (“Other than Jamaica,” the interviewer quips.) The two go on to talk about how white has traditionally symbolizes “purity”, “opposition to forced equality”, anti-communism, and royalism.

    Perhaps most interesting is his comment that the flag is a “total rejection of the red, white and blue,” which he incorrectly says was borrowed from the French revolution. That colour scheme, he says, symbolizes a nation founded on a philosophy of democracy, equality, and liberty. And doesn’t that just say it all?

    (designer: Jon from Augusta”)

  4. The original “Star Spangled Banner” that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Photographed in 1873.

    (via historybyzim)

  5. benfrostisdead:

    New piece I’m sending off tomorrow for an exhibition in Portland at One Grand Gallery. 2x3 feet aerosol stencil on board. American flag themed exhibition. Thanks to @denialart #benfrost #art #goofy #flag


  6. For Flag Day: a cool story on the restoration of an eighteenth century flag associated with George Washington.

  7. kyliechenelle:

    Some very American things.

  8. thedecentexposure:

    Proud to be American

    in the streets of New Orleans

  9. thedim3nsions:

    The ongoing war between the Dutch and the American.


  10. historybyzim:

    “Honor the Brave” Poster, 1917

    Poster reminding the public to “HONOR THE BRAVE” on Memorial Day, May 30, 1917.

  12. Hawaii, since 1845

    The classic story about the Hawaiian flag is that it was a combination of the American and British flags, designed to appease both countries during the period when the kingdom had informal relations with both. But according to contemporary news articles, the red white and blue stripes actually pay tribute to France, which along with Great Britain recognized Hawaii as an independent state in 1843.

    (designer: Henry Samuel Hunt)

  13. Detroit, since 1976

    In its original form (designed in 1907 and adopted in 1948) the flag of Detroit included a large full-colour seal in an ornate oval frame and much more detailed lions and fleurs-de-lis. The design was eventually flattened and simplified to make it easier to print.

    The four quarters of the flag represent the United States, Britain, and France. The motto on the seal reads Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus(“We hope for better things; It will rise from the ashes”). The words originally referred to the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1805, but they seem oddly appropriate for the Detroit of the 21st century.

    I just got back from a vacation there myself. Beautiful place, friendly people. That’s America for you.

    (designer: David Emil Heineman)

  14. old-faces:

    Photocard of American soldiers marching in the 1919 victory parade in Paris.

  15. thecivilwarparlor:

    Currier And Ives Print Of A Flag-Bearer-  Courage In Battle- 

    A Shredded Flag After A Gettysburg Battle

    During the Civil War 150 years ago, flag-bearers were targets. On battlefields from Gettysburg to Petersburg, they were in the crosshairs of their opponents.

    The reason for that is that they played such a pivotal role when a battle was joined. Soldiers looked to flags, including their regimental colors, to show them where to go. Shouted commands were overwhelmed by blasts of guns and cannon; gestures to point the way were clouded by gun smoke.

    It was up to the men holding flagpoles to guide their fellow soldiers to the right spot at the right time. To the foe, therefore, stopping the flag-bearer meant sowing confusion. It is a measure of their importance that Congressional Medals of Honor were given to hundreds of Union flag-bearers for their courage in battle.