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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Evolution of Old Glory

 
 
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By Craig Doda, July 4, 2018
1. Evolution of Old Glory Marker
Inscription.  The official flag of the United States has changed since the creation of the country. Originally, the concept was to have one star and one stripe for each state. The Betsy Ross flag was designed with 13 stars in a circle and 13 alternating red and white stripes. As additional states came into the nation, the flags changed to accommodate this concept. When Kentucky and Vermont entered the nation, two stars and two stripes were added. It soon became evident that adding additional stripes was not prudent and in 1818, the nineteenth and twentieth stars were added, but the number of stripes reverted to thirteen. This corridor contains the 27 legal flags flown throughout US history By law, a star is added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of a State(s) to the Union, Contrary to popular belief the first official US flag was not the Betsy Ross lag (13 stars in a circle), but the staggered star pattern. It is important to note that no US flag ever becomes obsolete. Each flag in this display remains a legal flag and may be flown at any time. The identification sign accompanying each flag shows the number of stars, the years
Evolution of Old Glory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Doda, July 4, 2018
2. Evolution of Old Glory Marker
that the flag was current and the state(s) that came into the union that added the new star(s).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks.
 
Location. 39° 56.968′ N, 75° 9.045′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on S. Independence Mall W, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gay Rights Demonstrations (here, next to this marker); In This Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Liberty Bell. (within shouting distance of this marker); Declaration Chamber (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving America's Treasures (within shouting distance of this marker); West Wing - Independence Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); James Forten, 1776 - 1842 / Ki-onTwog-Ky or Cornplanter, 1732/40 - 1836 (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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