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Catalog Number 1978.021
Description U.S. Flag, c. 1959-1960. U.S. Flag with 49 stars and 13 stripes printed on machine-woven fabric. The edges are unfinished and there is a small sliver of blue on the right-hand side, suggesting the pattern repeated.
Object Name Flag
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title U.S. Flag, c. 1959-1960
Date c. 1959-1960
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Notes "Alaska was admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959. According to the 1818 law, the 49-star flag became official 6 months later, on July 4, 1959. Just a month after that, on August 21, Hawaii was admitted as well. However, the flag would not officially change for almost a year." [ 2/28/2017]

"49-Star Flag: On January 3rd,1959 Alaska was formally granted statehood placing the 49th star on our Flag.Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically. "The 49-Star flag was official for only one year, until July 4, 1960, when Hawaii achieved its Statehood and the 50-Star flag was born. President Eisenhower was the only President to serve under this flag." [ 2/25/2017]
Dimensions H-7.75 W-12 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Flags
United States
Subjects Flags