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Historic Folk Toys: Craft, 'Stars and Stripes Flag Kit'

Historic Folk Toys: Craft, 'Stars and Stripes Flag Kit'

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Stars and Stripes Flag Kit
Our unique Early American Stars and Stripes Flag Kit lets you make one of five well-known, early American flags or create an original! Designed by Maggi Norris, this kit is licensed exclusively to Historical Folk Toys. Other union patterns and star templates are available in the Patterns section of our Web site. Approximate finished size of flag is 15-1/2 inches by 10-3/4 inches.

Historical Background: The United States flag originated in Philadelphia as a result of a resolution by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777:

Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.

This resolution did not say how many points the stars should have or how the stars should be arranged. Consequently, some flags had stars arranged in rows while others had the stars in a circle, sometimes with one star inside the circle. There were also flags that had the stars scattered on the blue field! The first Navy Flag had staggered stars arranged in alternate rows of threes and twos. Another Stars and Stripes flag had alternate rows of four, five, and four.

The types of stars used also varied. Some flags had the five-pointed stars we see today. Other flags used six-pointed stars and some flags actually had stars with eight points! No matter what kind of star was used or how the stars were arranged, the earliest American flags were always called "Stars and Stripes." When you make your flag, you can either recreate a flag made long ago or have some fun creating your very own Stars and Stripes Flag!

Fun Fact: Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" with a cedar pencil similar to the one we sell.

PACKAGE DIMENSIONS - 5.5 x 9.25 x 0.75"