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American Flag Calendars
American Flag Calendars




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ABOUT FLAGS

Flags of the Fifty States
Flags of the
Fifty States and
Their Incredible Histories


Smithsonian Handbooks: Flags
Smithsonian
Handbooks: Flags


Eyewitness Flag
Eyewiness:
Flag


Flags at Sea
Flags at Sea


Tibetan Pray Flags
Tibetan Prayer
Flags




Teacher's Best - The Creative Process


Flags Educational Posters, Art Prints & Charts
for the social studies classroom, home schoolers, vexillogists, & theme decor for office and studio.


social studies > FLAGS < geography


vexilliumThe study of flags is vexillology, based on the Latin “vexillium” for the cloth draped from a horizontal bar and attached to a standard carried by the Roman Legions.

A flag can be any piece of cloth, usually rectangular, flown with one side attached to a pole or mast, and used for identification or signalling.

Pennants, flags with a narrow tapering shape, are associated with maritime and naval activities, and with sports like the World Series pennant.

[see US Geography for state flags]


• “When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Sinclair Lewis


Development of American Flag, Art Print
Development of American Flag,
Art Print

History of American Flag

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress 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.”

The resolution did not specify the arrangement, orientation, or number of points in the stars, so there were many flags in different configurations, crafted by many different hands, during the Revolution.

American Revolution posters
• more June Observances


Star Spangled Banner, Art Print
Star Spangled Banner,
Giclee Print

The words to the Star-Spangled Banner, the United States National Anthem, were inspired by the sighting of the the American flag over Ft. McHenry, Baltimore Harbor, at dawn on September 14, 1814, after an all night bombardment by British forces during the War of 1812.

Double Sided Star Spangled Banner Poster
Double Sided Star Spangled Banner Poster






BTW - The oversized flag that Key saw was sewn by Mary Young Pickersgill, a widow who ran a successful business “designing, sewing, and selling ‘silk standards, cavalry and division colours of every description,’ including signal and house flags for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and merchant ships that frequented Baltimore’s harbor”.

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Francis Scott Key Portrait, Giclee Print
Francis Scott Key,
Giclee Print




Francis Scott Key
b. 8-1-1779; Terra Rubra Plantation, Maryland
d. 1-11-1843; Baltimore, MD

Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and amateur poet, wrote the words that became the United States National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Francis Scott Key is an ancestor to 20th century novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.

FYI-
• the melody for the Star-Spangled Banner is borrowed from the official song “To Anacreon in Heaven” of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen's club of amateur musicians in 18th century London.
• Francis Scott Key is an ancestor to 20th century novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, his daughter Alice married Roger B. Taney who would become Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.

First Verse:
O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Margaret Woodrow Wilson singing the Star Spangled Banner, 1915



Astronaut, Lunar Rover, Flag on Moon, Art Print
Astronaut, Lunar Rover, Flag on Moon, Art Print

Astronaut, Lunar Rover, Flag on Moon

Astronaut posters


Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima Poster
Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima
Poster

Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima

WW II posters
History Through a Lens series
Historic Documents / Images


Jasper Johns Flags Art Print
Jasper Johns Flags
Art Print

Three Flags 1958
Jasper Johns
b. 5-15-1930; Augusta, GA

History of Art posters


Flags of the World - International Edition
Flags of the World -
International Edition

Flags of the World Poster

maps posters


International Naval Signal Flags - International Edition with Texts in Two Languages (English & French) at Art.com
International Naval Signal Flags - International Edition with Texts in Two Languages (English & French)

International Naval Signals


The United Nations Fight for Freedom, Art Print
The United Nations Fight for Freedom, Art Print

Statue of Liberty and UN Flags


Prayer flags wave outside The Potala, former abode of the Dalai Lama, Photographic Print
Prayer flags wave outside The Potala
Photographic Print

Prayer flags wave outside The Potala, former abode of the Dalai Lama

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