Flag Day poster from 1917


140th US Flag Day poster. 1777-1917. The birthday of the stars and stripes, June 14th, 1917. 'Tis the Star Spangled Banner, oh, long may it wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!" Library of Congress description: "Poster showing a man raising the American flag, with a minuteman cheering and an eagle flying above." - Wikipedia

140th US Flag Day poster. 1777-1917. The birthday of the stars and stripes, June 14th, 1917. ‘Tis the Star Spangled Banner, oh, long may it wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” Library of Congress description: “Poster showing a man raising the American flag, with a Minuteman cheering and an eagle flying above.” – Wikipedia

Details about the poster, from the Library of Congress:


1777-1917: The 140th flag day. The birthday of the stars and stripes, June 14th, 1917. The text continues: ‘Tis the Star Spangled Banner, oh, long may it wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! President Woodrow Wilson remarked, “this flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. Though silent, it speaks to us of the past, of the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it.”

MEDIUM: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 101 x 65 cm.

CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1917.

NOTES: Forms part of: Willard and Dorothy Straight Collection.

Who was the artist?  Who ordered the printing, and for what specific purpose?  Anyone know?

The Library of Congress sells copies of this poster.

3 Responses to Flag Day poster from 1917

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    I haven’t found the “every year” series. Consider, first, that this poster is relatively anonymous as we have it — who printed it? Government agency or private party? Second, archiving from some of the official government propaganda arms was not always spectacular, which only lends value to some of these posters in the hands of collectors today.

    If you want Flag Day posters from other years, check the Library of Congress, and check the National Archives. Both of the on-line sites have collections of posters. Ohio State has a collection online, and so do a few other private groups.

    Good luck!

    Let us know what you find, will you?

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  2. That’s a really neat poster. Did they have examples from every year?

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  3. Ellie says:

    Great poster! Thanks, Ed.

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