Flag Maker’s Mark Library

Discussion in 'Flag Identification and Collecting' started by David Wagner, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Greeting Fellow Flag Enthusiasts,

    I’d like to start a post that documents the maker's marks of commercial US flag manufacturers. I see many posts on this forum that ask about the age of flags. Many of those posts even show the manufacturer’s logo sewn or printed onto the flag. I have never before seen a complete library of those logos and possible dates when each logo variation was in use. I would like to create that here.

    What I have posted below are images from various manufacturer logos found on US flags. The objective is a growing collection of photos of each logo variation with relevant accompanying information. For example:

    <Logo>
    • Dates in Use
    • Notable information
    I am not at all claiming expertise in this information. I am hoping that others will contribute their knowledge and also photos so that I can edit these initial pages and continue to add further information useful to all.

    Happy collecting!
     
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  2. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Annin
    Founded in 1847 by Alexander Annin, the business was previously a ship chandler on Fulton Street, New York City in the 1820s. By 1847, Annin Flagmakers turned to manufacturing all flags and was soon taken over and run by Alexander's two sons, Benjamin and Edward. Located at 99-101 Fulton Street (at the corner of William Street) in Lower Manhattan from 1847 until 1925, the location became known as “Old Glory Corner”. Needing more space, Annin opened a location on Fifth Avenue at the corner of 16th Street. The showroom, corporate offices and custom sewing department moved to this space in 1910 and remained until 1960 when the offices moved to Roseland, New Jersey. Here is a link to their website: https://www.annin.com/

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    3) Minimum post 2003.
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    4) Minimum post 2003.
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    5) Minimum after 2003.
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    6) Minimum after 2003.
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    7) FMAA began in 2003 so flags with this logo are 2003 to present.
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    8) Annin's premium line of flags: https://www.annin.com/signature/
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    9) This logo is on a WWI artillery flag. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/original-ww1-annin-co-artillery-flag-1923790771
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  3. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Annin - Defiance

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  4. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Annin - Nylon
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    6) Because of the FMAA logo this is post 2003

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  5. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Annin - Reliance

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  6. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Dettra
    The Dettra Flag Co was founded in 1902 in Oakes, PA. It was Annin’s largest commercial competitor until it was bought by Annin in 1998.
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  7. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Horstmann
    William H. Horstmann (1785-1850) was the founder of what would become a major military outfitter in both Philadelphia and New York City. A solider and fourth-generation passementier (textile weaver), he emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1816 and settled in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, where there was a significant concentration of textile manufacture. There he married the daughter of the most successful lace manufacturing firm, and started his own business in coach lace and military goods at the corner of 59 North 3rd Street. He imported looms from Germany and elsewhere and maintained a regular trade with his family in Europe. The company grew exponentially in size and had many addresses over its years of operation. In 1828, the William H. Horstmann Military Store opened. In 1843 it became William H. Horstmann & Sons Military Store, and in 1859 it was taken over by sons, Sigmund H. and William J., and began to operate as Horstmann Bros. & Co. The company manufactured its own goods, including flags, swords, drums, insignia, and many other items, and it subcontracted their manufacture as well, depending on financial sensibility. There were investors along the way, such as William S. Hassall and George Evans, who broke off and began their own large and successful firm. The New York branch changed its name in 1877 to that of a Horstmann partner, H.V. Allien, in 1877. Both Philadelphia and New York branches filed for bankruptcy and closed in 1948. (copied verbatim from Jeff Bridgman - http://jeffbridgman.com/inventory/index.php?page=out&id=2025)
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  8. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Mare Island
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard was the first naval base on the west cost of the United States. It is 25 miles northeast of San Francisco, near Vallejo, California. During WWII the base was used for ship building and repair. There were 46,000 workers employed there during the war. It comprised over 900 buildings, and the base closed in 1996. The flag loft employed 500 workers, 400 women doing their part by working 8 hours a day 6 days a week.
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  9. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Paramount Flag Company
    The Paramount Flag Co. was a San Francisco flag manufacturer which began sometime between 1933 and 1934. It continued as an independent entity until c.1988 when it was sold to the French flag company, Doublet. It is unclear exactly when Doublet stopped utilizing the Paramount Flag name on manufactured flags and for sales.
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  10. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Valley Forge
    The Valley Forge Flag company is based in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and began in 1892. It also has a printing facility in Olanta, South Carolina. Here is a link to their website: http://www.valleyforgeflag.com/16/home-page.htm
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    6) Post 2003 because of FMAA logo.

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  11. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Miscellaneous Other
    Collegeville Flag and Banner Company
    They started making flags around 1900 in Collegeville, PA.

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    3) Storm King was Collegeville's brand name for open weave, 2 ply cotton bunting flags.
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    Philadelphia QM Depot
    The Schuylkill Arsenal was built in 1800 to function as a quartermaster and provide the U.S. military with supplies. It was the third federal facility in the young nation. The arsenal made clothing and flags for all the military's needs for the next 150 years. In 1926 the Schuylkill Arsenal was renamed the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot. The original site at Grays Ferry Avenue and Washington Avenue was closed and the site was razed in 1963. The functions of the Quartermaster Depot were all moved to West Oregon Avenue & South 22nd Street. In 1965 the operation was reorganized into the Defense Personnel Support Center. In 1993 the government closed the textile factory and moved the remaining part of the South Philadelphia operation to the Naval Support Station in Northeast Philadelphia.

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  12. David Wagner

    David Wagner Member

    Saved for later use.
     
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