I have been searching for several miniature 48 star flags to display in the radiator neck bracket of my 1926 Coupe and this prompted me to research the american flag for the early ford era.
As you should know, the stars on the US flag represent the number of states in the union. As our countryy has grown, so too, has the number of stars on the american flag. Some of you have the radiator neck flag holders to hold several flags and in order to be historically correct it seems that one should display the flag that is correct for the era and over the era of early Ford cars, the flag changed several times.
A Flag with 45 stars was displayed from July 4, 1896 to July 3, 1908.
When Oklahoma came into the union, it added one star and the flag had 46 stars from July 4, 1908 to July 3, 1912.
When Arizona and New Mexico came into the union it added two more stars and the flag had 48 stars from July 4, 1912 until 1959.
Thank you Jim, good to know. Now, to find period correct flags. Maybe they are in my sewing machine.......
Coulda, woulda, shoulda... I've always regretted not buying one of those 49-star flags that were sold briefly in 1959.
A google search will find you a 48-star flag. They come in several sizes, and prices vary, so it pays to shop around.
Put the stars and bars on, then you don't have to worry about it! I bought a set of them in Chantanooga years ago, but haven't ever used them.
Jim, my wife sends a heart felt thank you, she is currently crocheting a large flag for the rear seat of our 13 Touring and needed that exact detail.
Uh, David, the Australian flag only has six stars....
And was red, not blue, in 1913. The blue flag wasn't adopted until King George VI approved it around 1951 I seem to remember...Dave C
Was that the one currently referred to as the red ensign and used for merchant shipping?
you mean they're not the same ???
It may have something to do with David trying to convert Oz to LHD ?
By the way our friends from Oz...our own unofficial/offical first flag had some ambiguity too Took us until 1777 to decide what we really wanted <wink>
There are some on Ebay
This is where I got mine, they were the cheapest I could find. $18.00 buys one dozen (without stand).
I'm bloody confused now, l thought we had the same flag !!!
I am recollecting many years ago my flag lessons in the Australian Army Reserves; the flag adopted at Federation had a red background. The blue flag gained impudence after WW2 and did not become official until final acceptance by our sovereign at the time King George VI.
Just for the record I am 100% for the keeping our current flag. I love it! Here is another official flag of Australia for vessels on the Murray & Darling Rivers. Allan Bennett has one of these on his Ford 'T'. Again, Allan may have more detail.
Here are some of our "unofficial" flags. The famous "Southern Cross" from the 1854 uprisings on the Ballarat gold fields...
And of course the "Boxing Kangaroo" from the successful 1983 America's Cup campaign.
David, l haven't seen that river flag before.
It's the flag for vessels on the Murray, Darling & Murrumbidgee Rivers.It dates back to the glorious days of the paddlesteamers.