Re: Casket flag with "gold" stars.
Nick (and all),
As we briefly discussed at the last CBFA meeting, I think that there is a need for a definitive article on the subject of these gold-star flags. It seems to me that there are a few threads (so to speak!) of research that need to be pulled. E.g.: Is there any documentation on WWII-era flag manufacturing techniques that would support the sizing-on-one-side theory? Do the existing examples all seem to be from the WWII era? Are there *any* known actual references to manufacture of gold-starred flags (all I've ever heard is variants on " . . . someone told me that . . .")? We have a few NAVA members like Laura Kidd who are professional textile conservators -- perhaps they could provide some insight. Another challenge would be to untangle the historiography of the gold-star-flag story -- how long has it been around, and where did it start?
I don't think I'm qualified to write an article like this, but I'd be interested in helping to research and organize it, and to get it published in Raven or NAVA News.
"We live by symbols, and what shall be symbolized by any image of the sight depends upon the mind of him who sees it."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.