I found this history of the flag at that estate sale last week, and of course I had to have it! I thought that showing this to you all would be the perfect way to explain why I chose "Old Glory Cottage" for the name of my blog. You see, I've had a fascination with the American flag, or Old Glory, since I was little. My dad was a WWII veteran, and on the 4th of July, he would put the flag up in the morning, and then take it down before it got dark. That is the protocol for displaying the flag. Or you are supposed to have a light shining on it, to illuminate it in the dark. Well I didn't know any of that when I was a kid! All I know is that was the one and only time I ever saw our flag every year, and I remember actually crying when it came time to take it down again!
That was the start of my love for our flag. This is a small part of my collection of Old Glory. One of these flags is a 48-star flag, which I was so excited to find at a garage sale! According to the timeline above, we were a 48 state nation from 1912 until 1958, when Alaska and Hawaii became states. "Therefore, on July 4, 1960, in accordance with the Flag Act of 1818, our present flag came into being, bearing 50 bright stars on a brilliant blue field." LONG MAY IT WAVE!!
Have a safe and happy 4th of July, and I hope you are flying Old Glory today!