Saturday, June 14, 2014

Flag Day

Quilt dated 1848

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of a continental flag by the Second Continental Congress, June 14, 1777.

Yard goods, Benjamin Harrison campaign 1889

 Commemorations began in the 1870s around the centennial of the anniversary.

Flag, William Henry Harrison campaign, 1840

 During World War I President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation designating June 14th as flag day.

Civil War era flag

Quilt from the 1940s

Beadwork, probably Winnebago, late 19th-century

This looks "backwards" to us, but it isn't until the early 20th century that rules for displaying the flag were issued.

The 1777 proclamation read

 "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation."

18th-century pitcher

Embroidered picture

1947 embroidery transfers


WoolenSails said...

Wonderful examples, have always loved americana and seeing the designs in quilts.


Denniele said...

Love seeing these quilts. I always learn so much from reading and viewing what you post. Thank you!