I recently read the flag Executive Orders and found a line in Taftâ€™s Executive Order 1556 of 24 June 1912 that reads: Number of Stars: All National Flags having a hoist less than five (5) feet, except colors to be carried by troop, and the corresponding Jacks, shall have only thirteen (13) stars in the Union, in order that the identity of the stars may be plainly distinguishable. This doesnâ€™t appear to be a sub-paragraph inside another section. The EO also begins by stating that the order pertains to National Flags for the Department of the Government. I know that commercial flags donâ€™t always conform to GS flags (dimensions as an example) but Iâ€™ve never before heard about GS flags having a completely different star count. Am I understanding this correctly â€“ the official star count for all smaller 1912 GS National Flags was 13? The Executive Order 1637 of 29 October 1912 revoked EO 1556 and this small-flag star count isnâ€™t mentioned again. Iâ€™ve just never heard of this before and was surprised when I read the actual order myself. Does anyone know the history of this? Did government buildings really fly 13-star flag for a few months in 1912?