The Blue On The American Flag

Discussion in 'American Flag History' started by Jayjay, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. Jayjay

    Jayjay New Member

    Has anyone heard this before? Before the Civil War the blue was a lighter blue. During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln made it a darker blue.
  2. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    I had not heard that story before. Do you recall the source? I don't think that there was any standard definition of the shade of blue in the flag until modern times -- the laws defining the flag just said "blue." The current definition is in DD-F-416F, which says that it's "Old Glory Blue" as defined in the Standard Color Reference of America.
  3. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    I believe variation in the colors of the flag are due more to dyes, fabrics, and manufacturing methods than to any change in color specifications. Take a look at the flags in this photo collection that range from the 1840's through to the early 20th century and you generally see that wool bunting flags have very dark blue cantons while smaller printed flags are lighter:

    Columbia Maryland

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