Featuring our Flag

Since today, Flag Day, is dedicated to our grand old flag, it seems a perfect time to share eye-catching images from our collections that feature the nation’s Old Glory. You might not always see the colors red, white, and blue, but you’ll undoubtedly recognize the stars and stripes!

Bathing beauties by boat with flag, Atlantic City, N.J. Photograph by Detroit Publishing Co., between 1890 and 1910. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/det.4a27446

Bathing beauties by boat with flag, Atlantic City, N.J. Photograph by Detroit Publishing Co., between 1890 and 1910. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/det.4a27446

Hauling flag--Ebbets Park. 1914 April 14. Photograph by Bain News Service. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.19501

Hauling flag–Ebbets Park. Photograph by Bain News Service, 1914 April 14. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.19501

I was surprised to come across many daguerreotypes from the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs that have an American flag in the frame; and many of those are hand-colored to make the red and blue really pop! Below, a little girl holds a small flag in hand, and a soldier poses with the flag behind him.

Unidentified girl in dress holding American flag and ball. Between 1860 and 1870. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.26923

Unidentified girl in dress holding American flag and ball. Between 1860 and 1870. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.26923

Unidentified soldier in Union uniform with greatcoat in front of American flag. Between 1861 and 1865. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.37055

Unidentified soldier in Union uniform with greatcoat in front of American flag. Between 1861 and 1865. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.37055

This image below really struck me, with the depth of field and clarity of the flags in celebration in New York City after Germany surrendered in the First World War. The streamers and confetti create a majestic feel as the large flags protrude into the streets from Wall Street’s skyscrapers.

Germany surrenders. Photograph by W.L. Drummond. c1918 Dec. 5. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.09634

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BIRTH OF THE AMERICAN FLAG. Photograph by Harris & Ewing, between 1905 and 1945. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hec.18419

BIRTH OF THE AMERICAN FLAG. Photograph by Harris & Ewing, between 1905 and 1945. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hec.18419

 

2 Comments

  1. Pilar Cole-System Change Advocate
    June 14, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    AWESOME!

  2. LL
    June 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Sorry I missed seeing this post on June 14. What an incredible sight, that grand ‘ole flag!

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