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Historic U.S. Flags  - - -  27 Legal Flags

The U.S. Stars and Stripes have evolved over the past 200+ years. During this time there have been 27 legal flags, which have flown over our country. Contrary to popular opinion, the Betsy Ross Flag was not the first official U.S. Flag. The Flag known as the Betsy Ross Flag is the flag, which has the thirteen stars in a circle on the blue union. The first official U.S. Flag had the 13 stars displayed in five staggered rows.

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act. This act resolved that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternating red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."  However, dimensions and the order of the stars were not specified. Thus in the early years, before the dimensions and arrangement of the stars were standardized, there were many renditions, flag proportions and arrangements of the 13 stars. It seemed to depend somewhat on the design of the flag-maker.

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. Thus the 27 different flags, each with more stars than the previous flag, as states were added over the years. However, it was not until the Executive Order of June 24, 1912, that the order of the stars and the proportions of the flag was prescribed. 

Each of the former U.S. flags: 13 stars through 49 stars, is still a legal flag and may be flown at any time, as no U.S. Flag ever becomes obsolete.

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Over Your Office, Business or Residence as a Point of Pride or to Spark Conversation. 

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Historical US Flags - 13-20 StarsHistorical US Flags - 13-20 StarsThis Page is devoted to the Three Legal Historical Flags that Flew over US Soil between 1777 and 1819. These include the original Thirteen Star Flag, The Star Spangled Banner of the War of 1812 - the 15-star flag and the 20-Star US Flag which flew from 1818- 1819. After the first 13 states, the following states were added to the Union during this time period: Kentucky, Vermont, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee. Historical US Flags - 21-25 StarsHistorical US Flags - 21-25 Stars
Four Historical U.S. Flags - 1819 - 1837 - This page focuses US Flags which flew between 1819 - 1837  including: The 21 Star Flag, flown from 1819-1820, the 23 Star US Flag, flown from 1820-1822, the 24 Star US Flag, flown from 1822-1836 and the 25 Star US Flag, flown from 1836-1837. States added to the Union during this time were: Illinois, Alabama, Maine, Missouri and Arkansas.
Historical US Flags - 26-30 StarsHistorical US Flags - 26-30 Stars
Five Historical U.S. Flags - These US Flags include The 26 Star US Flag, which flew from 1837-1845, the 27 Star US Flag, which flew from 1845-1846, the 28 Star US Flag, which flew from 1846-1847, the 29 Star US Flag, which flew from 1847-1848 and the 30 Star US Flag, which flew from 1848-1851. The following states were added to the Union during this time period: Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Historical US Flags - 31-35 StarsHistorical US Flags - 31-35 StarsFive Historical U.S. Flags that flew over US Soil between 1851 and 1865. These Historical US Flags include The 31 Star US Flag, from 1851-1858, the 32 Star US Flag, from 1856-1859, the 33 Star US Flag, from 1859-1861, the 34 Star US Flag, from 1861-1863 and the 35 Star US Flag, from 1863-1865. The following states were added to the Union during this time period: California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas and West Virginia. Historical US Flags - 36-38 StarsHistorical US Flags - 36-38 Stars
Three Historical U.S. Flags from 1865 - 1890 - This page centers on the Three Historical Flags that flew between 1865 and 1890. These US Flags include The 36 Star US Flag, which flew from 1865-1867, the 37 Star US Flag, which flew from 1867-1877 and the 38 Star US Flag, which flew from 1877-1890. The following states were added to the Union during this time period: Nevada, Nebraska and Colorado.
Historical US Flags - 43-45 StarsHistorical US Flags - 43-45 Stars
Three Historical U.S. Flags from 1890 - 1908. This page features the Three Historical Flags that Flew between 1890 and 1908. These US Flags include The 43 Star US Flag, from 1890-1891, the 44 Star US Flag, from 1891-1896 and the 45 Star US Flag, from 1896-1908. The following states were added to the Union during this time period: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming and Utah.
Historical US Flags - 46-50 StarsHistorical US Flags - 46-50 Stars
Four Historical U.S. Flags between 1908 - 1960. This page focuses on the Four Flags added between 1908 and 1960. These Flags include The 46 Star US Flag, from 1908-1912, the 48 Star US Flag, from 1912-1959, the 49 Star US Flag, from 1959-1960 and the 50 Star US Flag which has flown since 1960. The following states were added to the Union during this period: Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.
Revolutionary War Troop FlagsRevolutionary War Troop Flags
DON'T TREAD on ME FlagsDON'T TREAD on ME Flags
Three Historic US Flags bearing the defiant Rattlesnake of America's Colonial Years. The DON'T TREAT ON ME Slogan has been a slogan of American patriotism and disagreement with the government and imposed governmental policies. The Gadsden Flag has been adopted and become the standard of the new American Tea Party.
Grand Union Flag - 3 ft x 5 ft Nylon OutdoorGrand Union Flag - 3 ft x 5 ft Nylon Outdoor
GRAND UNION FLAG - 3 ft X 5 ft - Outdoor 3 foot x 5 foot Grand Union Flag - This flag is printed with 13 Red and White Stripes, with field containing the British Union - This Historic American Flag was once considered the first national flag of the U.S. and was used by Continental forces as a Naval Ensign and Garrison Flag in 1776-1777. This authentic Historic American Flag is made from 200-denier nylon bunting. Fly this Grand Union Flag over your club or business in celebration of America's past and this nation’s historic ties to Great Britain. 
Bunker Hill -  3 ft x 5 ft Nylon Outdoor FlagBunker Hill - 3 ft x 5 ft Nylon Outdoor Flag
BUNKER HILL FLAG - 3 ft X 5 ft - Outdoor 3 foot x 5 foot Bunker Hill Flag is based on the blue naval ensign of the Royal Navy. Sometimes also known as the Flag of New England, it features a white canton, with a pine tree and red cross. Variations of this design were used by many New England Militia units. There is controversy as to which flag flew over the battle of Bunker Hill or whether any flag was present at all. Regardless of the controversy, this flag has become the symbol of the Battle of Bunker Hill and also adopted as a symbol of New England. Fly this historic Bunker Hill Flag over your business or in your classroom in celebration of America's historic past 
Grand Union Flag - 4 in x 6 in Endura-Gloss MountedGrand Union Flag - 4 in x 6 in Endura-Gloss Mounted
GRAND UNION FLAG - 4 in x 6 in - Historic Hand-Held Flags - These 4-inch x 6-inch Flags are printed on silk-like fabric, hemmed on all four sides and mounted on 10-inch gold-tipped, black plastic staff. Great for Special Events, and historic flag collections.  -  TABLE BASE SOLD SEPARATELY.
Bunker Hill -  4 in x 6 in - Mounted E-GlossBunker Hill - 4 in x 6 in - Mounted E-Gloss
BUNKER HILL FLAG -  4 in X 6 in Mounted Historic US Flag  Each 4 inch by 6 inch E-Gloss Mounted Bunker Hill Flag is printed on silky-look fabric with hemmed edges.  -   TABLE BASE SOLD SEPARATELY.

Historic Colonial Flags

Betsy Ross Flag - Endura-Gloss 4 in x 6 in FlagBetsy Ross Flag - Endura-Gloss 4 in x 6 in Flag
BETSY ROSS FLAG - Historic Hand-Held Betsy Ross Flags - These 4-inch x 6-inch Betsy Ross Flags are beautifully printed on silk-like fabric and hemmed on all four sides. Each silky Betsy Ross Flag is mounted on 10-inch gold-tipped, black plastic staff. Hand-Held Betsy Ross Flags are great for Special Events, Conventions and historic flag collections.   - TABLE BASE SOLD SEPARATELY.
Betsy Ross Flag - Endura-Gloss 8 in x 12 in FlagBetsy Ross Flag - Endura-Gloss 8 in x 12 in Flag
BETSY ROSS FLAG - Historic Hand-Held Betsy Ross Flag - These 8-inch x 12-inch Betsy Ross Flags are beautifully printed on silk-like fabric, hemmed on all four sides. Each silky Betsy Ross Flag is mounted on 18-inch gold-tipped, black wood staff. Hand-Held Betsy Ross Flags are great for Special Events, Conventions and historic flag collections.  --   TABLE BASE SOLD SEPARATELY.
Betsy Ross Flag - 3 ft x 5 ft Nylon Outdoor - Fully Sewn FlagBetsy Ross Flag - 3 ft x 5 ft Nylon Outdoor - Fully Sewn Flag
BETSY ROSS FLAGThis  3 foot x 5 foot Nylon Outdoor US Flag is known as the Betsy Ross Flag. This design, with the 13 stars in a circle, has been attributed to the seamstress Betsy Ross. This Historic Betsy Ross Flag is made of heavyweight 200-denier nylon bunting. The Betsy Ross Flag will be a real attention-getter at your business or residence. While it is not one of the 27 Official U.S. Flags, it is an early rendition of the 13 Stars and Stripes, because there was no law regulating the flag design at that time.
Betsy Ross Flag - 2 ft x 3 ft Nylon Outdoor - Fully Sewn FlagBetsy Ross Flag - 2 ft x 3 ft Nylon Outdoor - Fully Sewn Flag
This 2ft x 3ft Nylon Outdoor US Flag is known as the Betsy Ross Flag. This design, with the 13 stars in a circle, has been attributed to the seamstress Betsy Ross. This Historic Betsy Ross Flag is made of heavyweight 200 denier nylon bunting. The Betsy Ross Flag will be a real attention-getter at your business or residence. While it is not one of the 27 Official U.S. Flags, it is an early rendition of the 13 Stars and Stripes. Because there was no law regulating the flag design.
Betsy Ross Flag - 4 ft x 6 ft Nylon 0utdoor - Fully Sewn FlagBetsy Ross Flag - 4 ft x 6 ft Nylon 0utdoor - Fully Sewn Flag
BETSY ROSS FLAG  - This 4 ft x 6 ft Nylon Outdoor US Flag is known as the Betsy Ross Flag. This design, with the 13 stars in a circle, has been attributed to the seamstress Betsy Ross. This Historic US Flag is made of heavyweight 200-denier nylon bunting. The Betsy Ross Flag will be a real attention-getter at your business or residence.
Betsy Ross Flag - 5 ft x 8 ft Nylon Outdoor - Fully Sewn FlagBetsy Ross Flag - 5 ft x 8 ft Nylon Outdoor - Fully Sewn Flag
BETSY ROSS FLAG - 5 Foot X 8 Foot Fully Sewn Flag - This 5 ft x 8 ft Nylon Outdoor US Flag is known as the Betsy Ross Flag. This design, with the 13 stars in a circle, has been attributed to the seamstress Betsy Ross. This Historic US Flag is made from heavyweight 200-denier nylon bunting. The Betsy Ross Flag will be a real attention-getter at your business or residence.
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