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History of the American Flag

The American flag is one of the most recognizable flags in the world. With its trademark white and red stripes and 50 bold stars, it’s hard to imagine it looking any other way.  However, the American flag wasn’t always the stars and stripes we know today. In fact, the American flag has gone through many changes – 26 to be exact – before it became the iconic symbol that it is today. Each of these changes continues to be an official flag of the United States of America.

 

 

Description
States Added
Purchase

13-Star American Flag
Used 1777-1795
13 star American Flag

Conecticut Delaware
Georgia Maryland
Massachussetts New Hampshire
New Jersey New York
North Carolina Pensylvania
Rhode Island South Carolina
Virginia  
Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060026 $55.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060104 $64.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060182 $91.00 Add To Cart
 

15-Star & 15 Stripes American Flag
Used 1795-1818
15 star American Flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060000 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060027 $58.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060105 $68.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060183 $95.00 Add To Cart
 

20-Star American Flag
Used 1818-1819
20 star American Flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060001 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060028 $62.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060106 $72.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060184 $97.00 Add To Cart
 


21-Star American Flag
Used 1819-1820
21 star flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060002 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060029 $67.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060107 $77.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060185 $103.00 Add To Cart
 

23-Star American Flag
Used 1820-1822
23 star flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060003 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060030 $70.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060108 $80.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060186 $107.00 Add To Cart
 

24-Star American Flag
Used 1822-1836
24 star american flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060004 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060031 $72.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060109 $82.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060187 $109.00 Add To Cart
 

25-Star American Flag
Used 1836-1837
25 star american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060032 $73.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060110 $83.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060188 $111.00 Add To Cart
 

26-Star American Flag
Used 1837-1845
26 star american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060033 $75.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060111 $85.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060189 $113.00 Add To Cart
 

27-Star American Flag
Used 1845-1846
27 star american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060034 $76.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060112 $86.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060190 $115.00 Add To Cart
 

28-Star American Flag
Used 1846-1847
28 star american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060035 $78.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060113 $88.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060191 $117.00 Add To Cart
 

29-Star American Flag
Used 1847-1848
29 star american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060036 $80.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060114 $89.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060192 $118.00 Add To Cart
 

30-Star American Flag
Used 1848-1851
30 star american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060037 $81.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060115 $91.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060193 $120.00 Add To Cart
 

31-Star American Flag
Used 1851-1858
31 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060038 $83.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060116 $92.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060194 $122.00 Add To Cart
 

32-Star American Flag
Used 1858-1859
32 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060039 $84.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060117 $94.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060195 $123.00 Add To Cart
 

33-Star American Flag
Used 1859-1861
33 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060005 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060040 $86.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060118 $96.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060196 $125.00 Add To Cart
 

34-Star American Flag
Used 1861-1863
34 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060006 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060041 $87.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060119 $97.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060197 $127.00 Add To Cart
 

35-Star American Flag
Used 1863-1865
35 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060007 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060042 $89.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060120 $99.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060198 $133.00 Add To Cart
 

36-Star American Flag
Used 1865-1867
36 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060008 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060043 $90.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060121 $100.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060199 $131.00 Add To Cart
 

37-Star American Flag
Used 1867-1877
37 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060009 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060044 $92.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060122 $102.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060200 $133.00 Add To Cart
 

38-Star American Flag
Used 1877-1890
38 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060010 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060045 $94.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060123 $103.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060201 $135.00 Add To Cart
 

43-Star American Flag
Used 1890-1891
43 star usa flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060046 $101.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060124 $111.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060202 $145.00 Add To Cart
 

44-Star American Flag
Used 1891-1896
31 star historical american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060047 $103.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060125 $113.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060203 $147.00 Add To Cart
 

45-Star American Flag
Used 1896-1908
45 star historical american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060048 $105.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060126 $114.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060204 $149.00 Add To Cart
 

46-Star American Flag
Used 1908-1912
46 star historical american flag

Size Code Price  
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060049 $106.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060127 $116.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060205 $151.00 Add To Cart
 

48-Star American Flag
Used 1912-1959
48 star historical american flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060011 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x4' Cotton Applique, HG* & Fringe a1035025 $256.00 Add To Cart
3x4' Nylon Applique, Pole Sleeve & Fringe a1034893 $256.00 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060050 $109.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060128 $119.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060206 $158.00 Add To Cart
 

49-Star American Flag
Used 1959-1960
49 star historical american flag

Size Code Price  
4x6" Polyester on 10" stick e060012 $2.99 Add To Cart
3x5' Nylon Applique, HG* e060051 $111.00 Add To Cart
4x6' Nylon Applique, HG* e060129 $120.00 Add To Cart
5x8' Nylon Applique, HG* e060207 $156.00 Add To Cart
 

50-Star American Flag
Used 1960-
50 star american flag

Click here for our 50-Star
American Flag
 
* HG stands for Canvas Header & Brass Grommets for mounting
* Aplique is a process where each color on the flag is a separate peice of fabric, sewn together to make the design, similar to a quilt. 


Evolution Story


By law, a star is added to the U.S. Flag on the 4th of July following the admission of a state(s) to the Union. Contrary to popular belief, the first official U.S. Flag was not the Betsy Ross Flag (13 Stars in a circle) but the staggered star pattern shown above. It is important to note that no U.S. Flag ever became obsolete. Each flag shown here is still a legal flag and may be flown anytime.

Did you know??? Embroidered star fields started in the early 1960's. Before that they were applique or painted on!

 

Full Evolution Set (27 flags)

Flag
Staff
Code
Price
Buy
4x6" Digital Print
10" black plastic staff
GFB00542
$175.00
Add To Cart
12x18" Digital Print
30" black wooden Dowel
GFB00557

$400.00

Add To Cart

 

Related Pages
Gettysburg Flag Works
American Flag Historical Flags Half Staff Flag Information

 

 

 

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