Please help identifying 48 star flag

Discussion in 'Flag Identification and Collecting' started by jayflag, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. jayflag

    jayflag New Member

    Hi, can anyone identify this flag for me? It was been in my family since it was issued/sold/made and recently found at the back of a closet. It is approx 27" x 17" and appears to be on a brown background, although some fading and discoloration is present. Any help or info is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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  2. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    Your item is a "tobacco felt" or sometimes called a "cigar box flag." Smaller felts were included in boxes of cigars in the 1900-1910 time frame. If you collected enough cupons (or whatever) you could mail them in for a larger flag, like yours. Use google Image Search and search for "cigar box flags" and you will see dozens. The retail price of the smaller flags is $2 to $5 each individually. On ebay you can sometimes get dozens of foreign flag felts for a few dollars. Larger US flag felts are a little more collectable.
    Nick A
    Columbia Maryland
     

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