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Old 03-30-2018, 09:10 PM   #1
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March 31st, 2018 : Old Gory… err, Glory

After 1912 the US has 48 states and the flag has 48 stars… coincidence? I think not.



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When Congress approved of Alaska’s statehood in 1958, members of the Eisenhower Administration began receiving an overwhelming number of public redesigns of the nation’s flag. They received over 3,000 red, white, and blue concepts from Americans from all regions and all ages, all of whom held hope that their vision would one day wave across the country for all to see. The design challenge was a longstanding one: President Eisenhower, since 1953, had created a joint committee tasked with figuring out how to best incorporate two new stars to the current flag to represent the then-likely entry of Alaska and Hawaii.
1953 to 1959 for the flag committee? Wonder what that cost us?

Many of the submissions were along traditional lines, probably thinking a better chance of becoming THE ONE.



Others were further a field, very different, and likely to piss off a lot of people, so no.



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The 50-star flag as we know it now first flew over Fort McHenry on July 4, 1960, and it has remained the same ever since. Meanwhile, the designs that could have been were never discarded but are preserved to this day in the archives of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas. Old Glory, a book recently produced by Atelier Editions, revisits a selection of 50 previously unseen ones that date between 1958 and 1959.


But the system worked, the flag is safe from anarchists, artsy types, and Americans.

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Old 03-31-2018, 08:37 AM   #2
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That one looks like something that escaped from the basement at Nuremburg.
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Old 03-31-2018, 10:35 AM   #3
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I can tell which one was submitted by a Texan.
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Old 03-31-2018, 11:21 AM   #4
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Having visited Hawaii in 1956, I rooted for it to beat Alaska to statehood.
It lost by 8 months.
I have been back to Hawaii several times, but am punishing Alaska by never visiting.
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Old 03-31-2018, 12:12 PM   #5
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That one looks like something that escaped from the basement at Nuremburg.
Half Nazi, half dollar sign.
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Old 03-31-2018, 01:45 PM   #6
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I'm guessing this was the intent but very hard to deny any interpretation. Bad design.



I wonder if this was a nod to Puerto Rico?

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Old 03-31-2018, 01:52 PM   #7
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Having visited Hawaii in 1956, I rooted for it to beat Alaska to statehood.
It lost by 8 months.
I have been back to Hawaii several times, but am punishing Alaska by never visiting.
Jim, I should think being the 50th would have more distinction, more prestige, than next to last.
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:07 PM   #8
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I love the one bottom centre - it's like the US has been skewered.
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:58 PM   #9
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I love the one bottom centre - it's like the US has been skewered.
It reminded me of the old British Rail logo...

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Old 03-31-2018, 04:22 PM   #10
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:22 PM   #11
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No no, Jim, Putin insists on some red.
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