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Calling the Shot

Calling the Shot

Turn-of-the-Century picture from an old family photo album, probably taken in Washington, D.C. Can anyone identify the flag on the wall? View full size.

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Yacht Ensign

The flag in question is the U.S. Yacht Ensign, still in use today although its status has changed somewhat. First authorized in 1848, the flag was intended to be a signal (not an ensign) hoisted by licensed private yachts that did not carry cargo when entering a port to indicate there was no need for reporting to the customs inspector of that port. By about 1920 or so it was no longer being used for that purpose and it had become an alternate US Ensign for yachts, the function it still is used for today.

That Flag

That's a yacht flag used by the Navy until 1916. More info here http://www.fotw.net/flags/us~yte.html

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