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Flag Day: 1941

Flag Day: 1941

June 1941. "Flag Day. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Flag --

Looks like the US flag for 1890-1891 - 43 stars. Probably flew what he had.

[This flag has 48 stars. - Dave]

Fly the flag!

And step out for a breath of fresh air.

Timeless window screen

I am reminded of all the places I've lived where I had one of those screens to insert in the window opening. They're still around. Would keep out the flies, but wouldn't be effective against the smoke from those mills.


John Vachon was a great talent. What an incredible picture!

Flag question

Shouldn't the stars on the flag from 1941 be in a 6x8 grid, not offset rows as shown in the photo?

[The 1912 executive order pertaining to 48-star flags specifies only that the stars be in six rows of eight stars each, "symmetrically arranged." And of course the flag makers could arrange the stars however they wanted. There are (or were) countless examples of flags with stars both staggered and gridded. - Dave]

Paraphrasing Justice Potter Stewart

I shall not attempt further to define a great photograph ... but I know one when I see one.

This is a great photo.

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