This poster of an American Flag was designed by Kastonie and dates back to 1991. The Cooper Hewitt acquired the poster in 1993. The medium of the piece is screenprint on white heavy paper and is part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department. #FlagDay
This commemorative textile was printed for the US Bicentennial in 1976. Manufactured by Hancock Fabrics, it is a reproduction of an early US flag with thirteen alternating red and white stripes and thirteen white stars. Cooper Hewitt acquired it in 1977. #flagday
A Sidewall and Frieze piece that was manufactured by W. Campbell and Co. The piece is machine-printed on embossed paper and is part of our Wallcoverings Department. It is dated 1890-1900 and was acquired by the Cooper Hewitt in 1939. #FlagDay
"We were like pigeons tied by the legs to be shot at," wrote one soldier who defended Ft. McHenry from British attack 200 years ago this weekend. The attack on the Maryland fort lasted 25 hours. When it was over, Francis Scott Key saw the American flag raised over the fort and wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," the song that would become our national anthem. Our suggestion for how to commemorate the bicentennial: enjoy the festivities at Fort McHenry in person or on CSPAN.
Can you help us spread the word by re-pinning? The Star-Spangled Banner flag is competition with other Smithsonian artifacts. We want to know which is your favorite. If you love the flag, cast your vote today and ask a friend to do the same! The flag is 200 years old. After the Battle of Ft. McHenry, the flag was raised over the fort to announce the American victory over the British. #SIshowdown
This flag was inside astronaut John Glenn's Friendship 7 Mercury Capsule when he became the first American to orbit Earth. The flag, apparently packed inside the spacecraft, came with Friendship 7 when it was given to the Smithsonian Institution by NASA in 1963.
Children Playing at Dockside, ca.1939-1942, William H. Johnson, tempera and pen and ink with pencil on paper, 15 3/8 x 12 3/8 in. (38.9 x 31.3 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.146