When I ran across this image recently, it struck me just how much parades and flags go together and, furthermore, how much people have experimented with displaying enormous flags. In this case, the flag was probably better seen from the photographer’s vantage point than by spectators on the ground.
As is so often the case, one picture led to another, and I found myself tracing Flag Day, celebrated in the U.S. every June 14th, through pictures.
The Harris & Ewing studio snapped several pictures at Flag Day exercises in 1914, a couple of years before President Wilson issued the proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day. What tickled me about this one from a hundred years ago is the visual evidence it provides that then, as now, speakers don’t always command their audience’s full attention!
- View images relating to flag days as celebrated in the U.S. and elsewhere.
- Explore the origins and evolution of Flag Day in Today in History and in this In Custodia Legis blog post: “Flag Day and the Flag Code.”
- Take a musical approach to Flag Day with patriotic songs featured in this blog post from In the Muse.
- Review a variety of pictures in which parades and flags converge.