American flags, from 1767 to 2014, and a lot in between

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If there’s one thing Americans like, it’s a good flag. We’ve certainly had our fair share over the years.

The folks at Pop Chart Lab were kind enough to condense nearly 250 years of the American flags into a single poster, beginning with the Sons of Liberty’s 1767 banner to today’s familiar 50-star pattern.

This, however, likely isn’t all the flags used to represent the United States over the many decades, as the poster jumps from 1877, when there were 37 states, to 1912, when there were 48 states.

Given the concept of adding a star for each state in the Union, one supposes that the flag was altered every time a new state – or perhaps group of states (six were admitted between Nov. 2, 1889, and July 10, 1890, for example) was admitted – which would seemingly have resulted in other versions of the flag during the years in between.

Or perhaps the US government was so hell-bent on expansion that they simply decided to wait until they had filled in all the space between Canada and Mexico before coming up with the 48-star design in 1912.

Personally, I’m partial to the Gadsden Flag, although it’s pretty much been co-opted by the Tea Party rabble, the Moultrie Flag, which closely resembles today’s South Carolina flag, and the Green Mountain Boys Flag. Old, but interesting.

(HT: Fast Company)

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16 thoughts on “American flags, from 1767 to 2014, and a lot in between

  1. I do like the Gadsden flag, a “don’t mess with us” statement if ever I saw one. :)

    I was thinking about our Aussie flag this morning actually, with the Scottish referendum on independence coming up there are a lot of countries around the world who have the Union Jack in the corner of their flag. There will be much debate if they want to change the flag here that’s for sure!

    • Yes, it’s interesting how some countries such as Australia and New Zealand chose to keep the Union Jack as a part of their flag, while other former UK possessions, such as Canada and South Africa, didn’t.

      I’ve got a feeling that if Scotland goes it’s own way, the Union Jack won’t be a part of its flag.

      • Every now and again the changing the flag debate raises its head here, but mentioning it isn’t a way to popularity, that’s for sure! The people who want to get rid of the Union Jack aren’t as loud as those traditionalist voices wanting to keep the flag.

        I am very interested to see if the scots go independent. If they do I’m sure the anti monarchists here will jump right on it.

  2. Thanks for the post, C. I thought of you the other day, when one of the very few twitter feeds I read – @HistoricalPics – posted one similar called Evolution of the Batman Logo. It was fun. I think you might like that feed; they have some wonderful photos.

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