38 Stars, Colorado Statehood, Scattered Star Flag
38 star American national parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton. The stars are arranged in columns rather than rows, and the stars count in each column varies. Note how this results in the formation of a secondary pattern, consisting of three consecutive squares of stars. Also note the additional folk quality that results from the stars’ scattered vertical alignment.
The 38th state, Colorado, received its statehood on August 1st, 1876. This was the year of our nation’s centennial of independence from Great Britain. Although 37 was the official star count for the American flag in 1876, flag-making was a competitive venture, and no one wanted to be making 37 star flags when others were making 38’s. It is for this reason that 38 and 13 stars (to represent the original 13 colonies) are the two star counts most often seen at the Centennial International Exposition, the six-month long, World’s Fair event, held in honor of the anniversary, in Philadelphia. The 38 star flag became official in 1877 and was generally used until the addition of the Dakotas in 1889.
Mounting: The solid walnut frame dates to the period between 1860 and 1880. The flag has been placed in its correct vertical position, with its canton in the upper left. It has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton rag mat. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass.
Condition: There is minor foxing and staining throughout and there are a few very tiny holes, but there are no serious condition issues.