Flag: 42 Star American Flag

Object Number: 
INV.12331
Date: 
1889
Medium: 
Wool, cotton, jute
Dimensions: 
Overall: 92 x 130 in. ( 233.7 x 330.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on hoist: "C 7 1/2. 12" handwritten: on cotton tag sewn in lower corner of flag: "J. B. Parks"
Description: 
Wool machine-sewn U.S. flag with forty-two white cotton stars to both sides of the canton (two rows of nine stars, top and bottom; three rows of eight); red and white stripes; white cotton hoist with jute rope strung through, looped at each end.
Gallery Label: 
In 1889, four territories were raised to statehood in quick succession. North and South Dakota came in on November 2, Montana on the 8th, and Washington on the 11th. The new stars the states represented were to offically be added to the 38 star contellation on July 4, 1890, but the day before Idaho the was added, and then six days later Wyoming also joined the Union. During this period, flags with varying numbers of stars were flown. This forty-two star flag represents Washington state. (Mastai
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Ruth McEnvoy, 3/3/66
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group