Flag of Easton, Pennsylvania

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Easton Flag

The Easton Flag is a banner used to represent Easton, Pennsylvania.

Flag[edit]

The flag is designed differently from more common Flags of the United States in that it has 13 (8-pointed) stars in a blue field, with 13 stripes in the canton.[1]

History[edit]

According to local legend,[2] the flag was hoisted when the Declaration of Independence was publicly read in Easton, 8 July 1776.[3]

The flag was used as a company flag under Captain Abraham Horn in the War of 1812, and some suspect that the design may only date from this era.[4][nb 1] The flag was returned to the Easton library for safe-keeping when the company returned. The Easton Area Public Library still holds the flag.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It is worth noting that US flags of this era had 15 stars and 15 stripes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mastai, pg 39
  2. ^ Landauer, Bill. "Did Betsy Ross rip off Easton?". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Marx Room Easton Flag". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  4. ^ This Smithsonian webpage says the flag is from 1812, and has a picture of the original.

Sources[edit]

  • Mastai, Boleslaw and Marie-Louise D'Otrange The Stars and the Stripes. The American Flag as Art and as History from the Birth of the Republic to the Present ©1973. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. ISBN 0-394-47217-9

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