American Flag: 10 Rejected Designs.

American Flag

Since its first design in 1818, the American flag, a symbol of pride and unity, has changed significantly. On a blue field, the law mandated a white star for every state, with 13 alternating red and white stripes mirroring the original colonies on the flag. Every state that joined the Union added a new star, which resulted in several redesigns.

1. The Radical Alteration Flag

American Flag -
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Design Description:

  1. Two extra white stripes and blue stars on a white background.
  2. Four stars in the corners represent President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms.
  3. Poetry along the top and bottom reads, “From the state that is large to the one that is small, all fifty offer peace and goodwill to one and all.”

Historical Significance:

  1. This design was considered radical because it deviated significantly from the traditional flag design.
  2. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—inspired the corner stars, reflecting the era’s values.

2. Military Inspiration

American Flag - 2. Military Inspiration
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Design Description:

  1. White stars are arranged in a larger star pattern or encompassing a bald eagle.
  2. Incorporated elements from early military flags.

Historical Significance:

  1. Military flags have played a crucial role in American history, symbolizing strength and unity.
  2. The bald eagle, a national symbol, and star patterns evoke a sense of patriotism and heritage

3. The Branding Logo Flag

American Flag - 3. The Branding Logo Flag
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Design Description:

  1. Letters “USA” inside a star, readable from any direction.

Historical Significance:

  1. This design highlights the influence of branding and logos on modern symbolism.
  2. It balanced readability and national identity in a unique way.

4. Philip C. Brown’s Patterns

American Flag - 4. Philip C. Brown’s Patterns
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Design Description:

  1. Six different patterns for the 50 stars, including rows and circles.
  2. Veterans of Foreign Wars endorsed a circle of stars representing unbroken unity.

Historical Significance:

  1. The circle symbolized unity and continuity, important themes in American symbolism.
  2. The “polar star of Divine Guidance” concept reflected a guiding principle for the nation.

5. The 1776 Flag

American Flag - 5. The 1776 Flag
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Design Description:

  1. Stars arranged to spell out “1776.”

Historical Significance:

  1. The year 1776 marks the Declaration of Independence, a pivotal moment in American history.
  2. Betsy Ross is traditionally credited with sewing the first “stars and stripes” flag that year.

6. Geography Junkies’ Dream

American Flag - 6. Geography Junkies’ Dream
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Design Description:

  1. 48 stars inside a continental US map, with stars for Alaska and Hawaii placed atop the map.

Historical Significance:

  1. This design emphasized the geographical layout of the states.
  2. It visually represented the addition of Alaska and Hawaii to the Union.

7. The USA Initials Flag

American Flag - 7. The USA Initials Flag
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Design Description:

  1. White stars spelling out “USA.”

Historical Significance:

  1. The simplicity and impact of using initials make it a straightforward yet powerful design.
  2. Initials in symbols are a common and effective way to convey identity.

8. Julie Herting’s Hand and Torch Design

American Flag - 8. Julie Herting’s Hand and Torch Design
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Design Description:

  1. A ring of white stars on a blue field surrounding a hand holding a white torch with a red flame.

Historical Significance:

  1. The torch and flame symbolize enlightenment and freedom.
  2. This design reflects a youthful and fresh perspective on national symbols.

9. The Motto Flank Flag

American Flag - 9. The Motto Flank Flag
(Image source: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY)

Design Description:

  1. Eight stars in six rows with two stars flanking the motto “In God We Trust.”

Historical Significance:

  1. The national motto, “In God We Trust,” is a significant part of American heritage.
  2. The design emphasized the motto’s importance in the national identity.

10. The Concentric Circles Flag

American Flag - 10. The Concentric Circles Flag
(Image source: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY)

Design Description:

  1. 50 stars arranged in three concentric circles.

Historical Significance:

  1. Circles often symbolize unity and wholeness.
  2. This design used geometric patterns to represent the states cohesively.

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