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46 Star Flag - (1908-1912) (U.S.)

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[U.S. 46 star flag 1908] image by Clay Moss, 5 February 2007



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Description of the flag

In 1908, one star was added, representing Oklahoma, bringing the total number of stars to 46. There were thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.
Rick Wyatt, 5 April 1998

This flag flew from 4 July, 1908 to 3 July, 1912. If any of you have a copy of National Geographic's November(?) 1917 flag issue, there are a couple of pictures of the USS Michigan with a 46 star naval ensign draped over her bow, although she was launched on 26 May 1908.
Clay Moss and David Prothero, 5 February 2007


Jack

[U.S. 46 star jack 1908] image by Clay Moss, 5 February 2007


Variant Designs

[U.S. 46 star flag variant] image by Clay Moss, 27 February 2007

This arrangement represents what I believe was probably a frequent variant. I have personally seen eight 46 star US flags thus far in my life time. All of them were this pattern. With that said, they were all in the possession of people from either Alabama or Mississippi. It makes me wonder if there was perhaps a company in the US south that was manufacturing them for southern consumption.
Clay Moss, 27 February 2007

[U.S. 46 star flag variant] image by Clay Moss, 27 February 2007

This arrangement is a variant that appeared on e-bay just a few weeks ago. I didn't think to capture a picture of it, but it was 42x80 inches. There's a second version of this flag on e-bay now I think. It's all printed, and the stars are turned every which direction, but the basic pattern lay out is the same.
Clay Moss, 27 February 2007

[U.S. 46 star flag variant] image by Clay Moss, 1 March 2007

This variant is illustrated with its stars all pointing downward. I'm not sure if this is/was intentional of not. If it wasn't, and the seamstress accidentally inserted the canton upside down, then it stands to reason that there was yet another variant of the 46 star US flag.
Clay Moss, 1 March 2007

[U.S. 46 star flag variant] image by Clay Moss, 30 March 2014

I recently ordered some inexpensive polyester flags for my classroom. One of them was a 46 star U.S. flag with this unusual pattern. The pattern is basically a staggered 48 star pattern, minus 2 stars.
Clay Moss, 30 March 2014

That 46 flag looks like somebody just added a star to the last line of a 45-star flag canton.
Pete Loeser, 31 March 2014