Cheri Peoples


USA Flag Designs Throughout US History

by CHERI on July 1, 2012

We are all familiar with the famous “Betsy Ross” 13 stars, in a circle, flag as well as our current flag with 50 stars and 13 stripes but are you familiar with the wide variety of designs that we have had over the years?

In the early years someone might design a flag and have someone make one for them or sew one themselves so their are many variations of the 13 stars.  Today we purchase flags from flag makers and we have an approved design.

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The 13 star flag was in place for 18 years before a new design was commissioned.  As each state was added to the union a new flag design had to be created. The 13 star flag was in duration for 18 years until Vermont and Kentucky were added and a new flag was commissioned. Duration-23 years.

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US 15 star flag

Duration: 1 year when we had more states being added-Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee.  We have 2 flag designs from that time.

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US 20 star flag – design 1

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US 20 star flag – design 2

 Duration: 1 year-Illinois came into the Union.

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US 21 star flag

Duration: 2 years – Alabama and Maine were added.
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US 23 star flag

Duration: 14 years — Missouri was added.
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US 24 star flag

Duration: 1 year- Arkansas and we were at 25 stars.
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US 25 star flag

Duration: 8 years-Michigan came into the Union
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US 26 star flag-design1

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US 26 star flag – design 2

Florida- Duration: 1 year
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US 27 star flag

Texas- Duration: 1 year
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US 28 star flag

Iowa- Duration: 1 year (2 flag designs)
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US 29 star flag- design 1

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US 29 star flag – design 2

Wisconsin was added- Duration: 3 years
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US 30 star flag

We added in California- Duration: 7 years.

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US 31 star flag

Minnesota- Duration: 1 year.
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US 32 star flag

Oregon came into the Union and we have 4 flag designs–  Duration: 2 years.
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US 33 star flag – design 1

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US 33 star flag – design 2

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US 33 star flag – design 3

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US 33 star flag – design 4

The 34th state was Kansas  Duration: 2 years
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US 34th star flag

West Virginia came into the Union-  Duration: 2 years.
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US 35 star flag

Nevada was the 36th state and we have 2 flag designs.

Duration: 2 years
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US 36 star flag – design 1

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US 36 star flag – design 2

Nebraska came in and we have 2 flag designs.

Duration: 10 years
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US 37 star flag-design 1

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US 37 star flag- design 2

Colorado (2 flag designs)-  Duration: 13 years
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US 38 star flag-design 1

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US 38 star flag-design 2

5 states were added – Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington and the 43 star flag was designed.
Duration: 1 year
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US 43 star flag

Wyoming came into the Union- Duration: 5 years.
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US 44 star flag

Utah was added bringing our stars to 45.
Duration: 12 years
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US 45 star flag

Oklahoma-  Duration: 4 years
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US 46 star flag

Arizona and New Mexico- Duration:47 years
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US 48 star flag

Alaska was the 49th state- Duration: 1 year
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US 49 star flag

Hawaii was the 50th state. Duration: 51 years
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US 50 star flag

If Puerto Rico were to join the Union some flag designs are in consideration.

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51 star design idea -1

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51 star design idea -2

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51 star design idea -3

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