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    polarman is offline Junior Member
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    Hello members

    come and hear about gold fringe it,s history and how it was made. at this show you can see it up close there has been a lot of research on this and other areas of the oval office flags for this show. after this show the flags go back to the valt with no future plans to display its to hard on them to be move and handled. I hope to meet members from this forum i have enjoyed reading the post here over the time i have been a member.
    Historic Flags of the Eisenhower Oval Office on Display

    For the first time in history all six original flags from the White House during President Eisenhower’s administration will be together in a single exhibit from October 10 to 13 in Columbus, North Carolina. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States (1953 to 1961), was the only President in our Nation’s history to serve under three different President’s flags. The exhibit includes 48-star, 49-star, and 50-star President’s flags and the corresponding U.S. colors. The 50-star U.S. flag on display is the actual flag unveiled in the White House Cabinet Room when Hawaii became our 50th state.
    The flags are on loan from a private collection and from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Historic 1940s and 1950s photographs of the hand embroidery flag making process from the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee, Virginia will also be on display along with other press photos of Alaska and Hawaii statehood events.
    One of a kind – The 49-star President’s Oval Office flag, hand made at the US Army Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot in 1958, will be on public display for the first time since leaving the White House in 1960. This priceless hand embroidered silk President’s flag featuring 49 stars may be the only one of its kind ever made. The 49-star flag was official for only one year – July 4th 1959 to July 4th 1960.
    Rare two-sided needle-painting hand embroidery techniques are used to create these beautiful blue silk flags featuring a life-like eagle grasping olive branches and arrows with rays and clouds above; a red, white, and blue shield; plus a scrolled motto E Pluribus Unum surrounded by a circle of stars corresponding to the number of States. The perfectly mirrored designs are identical on both sides of the flag – the back side being seen only after the flag is complete. All three President’s flags are truly unique hand embroidered works of art with hand tied gold and silver precious metal fringe.
    A limited engagement – This historic four-day exhibit is planned for October 10th through October 13th 2012 at the House of Flags Museum in Columbus, North Carolina. Exhibit hours are 9:00am to 9:00pm daily. Admission is free and donations are always appreciated.
    This exhibit of original historic Eisenhower flags was made possible by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation and the generous support of the residents of Tryon Estates, an ACTS retirement community.
    For additional information contact Robert M. Williamson, Director, House of Flags Museum, by email at flagmuseum@gmail.com, by mail at PO Box 70, Columbus, NC 28722. Phone messages can be left at 828-894-5640.


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    Hello Polarman,
    Thank you for the invitation. It sounds like a most interesting exhibit. However, Dwight Eisenhower was the fourth president to be represented by three different flags. Theododre Roosevelt was the first. Roosevelt inherited two presidential flags from William McKinley: a naval flag which was simply the coat of arms of the United States, in full color, on a blue field (flags flown from ships were made of wool bunting, fringed standards made of silk were used on parade.)


    Presidential Flag 1900 Navy Version - Silk Presidential Standard | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    The Army had a scarlet color which consisted of a scarlet red silk field with a blue star bordered in white in the center. The star was surrounded by 45 white stars, plus one larger star in each corner. The coat of arms of the US was on the central blue star.

    President Taft Breakfast Plate 1911 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


    Shortly after taking office, Roosevelt was asked which was his proper flag, the red one or the blue one? Because the Navy flag was older, Roosevelt proclaimed that the the Navy flag should be used. In 1902, a third flag was designed for use in peacetime which consisted of the US coat of arms on a blue field, with the exception that the eagle's feathers were white to provide more contrast with the dark blue field of the flag. (the crest over the eagle was altered as well in minor details.) However, the Army decided to keep its scarlet color for ceremonial purposes. If you go to Wikipedia and search for "presidential flags" you will find an article illustrating these and other flags representing the POTUS.

    In 1912, President Taft had both the blue and red colors, and again tried to make them consisten. Instead, the Army took their scarlet color and reversed the scarlet and blue so that the field was blue, but the inner star with the coat of arms was scarlet.

    Finally, in 1916 Woodrow Wilson got rid of both the earlier navy and army flags/colors and had Byron McCandless design a flag which was the white eagle facing right on a blue field, with a white star in each of the four corners.

    In contrast, poor Harry Truman only served under two flags: the Wilson flag and the one with the POTUS seal surrounded by 48 white stars on a blue field.

    Nick A
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    sorry about the confusion we are aware of the military flags and there history however, we are only concerned with the presidential seal flags circa 1945 til present. Eisenhower was the only president to serve under three different Oval Office flags during this time frame. Thank you for sharing the information on the military flags we have examined a few of them but I'm just not as interested in that period of history i guess if i owed presidential flags of that era it would be more interesting to me i own the the flags in the press release. I hope you can make it to NC. to see them in person pictures do no justice its only when you see them up close do you see the true craftsmanship and care the ladies put into making them. as soon as the show is over its back to the vault with no plans of future shows it hard on them being transported and handled

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