This is my first post but I have been a member for awhile. I collect all kinds of flags but the bulk of my collection has been older US flags, mostly 48 stars. Like UK (Robin) I love G-spec flags and even wished that all American flag makers would make US flags accordingly to the government specs. The larger stars and longer fly makes for a better visible flag in my opinion. Also I wished they would go back to appliquÃ©ing stars too. I understand the economics of the machine made flags but before long all we will have is printed flags if the trend continues. Anyway, enough of my grandstanding. I do have a couple of questions about flag materials that maybe my NAVA buddies, Nick and Peter could answer. First, exactly when did the Annin Company start mass embroidering of the stars on their US flags. I have a US Naval Jack and Ensign maybe from the 70's that the stars are appliqued but everything since has been embroidered. I am trying to nail down a precise date. Also I noticed that Annin started using a different type "cotton" in the last 10 years or so. It is lighter but very stiff and rough. My older cotton flags were supple and soft to the touch. I mentioned Annin since they were usually the leader in these trends but any major flag company will do. Is there a resource that would give a history of these types of trends?