Two #39’s?

38 star US flag

38 star US flag

So you know how it goes: you don’t think of something for a while, then – wham! – you get a double or sometime triple dose of it.

After our last posting riveting you, Dear Reader, with the fascinating story about how a star gets added to the US flag on the July 4th after a State is admitted to the Union, a casual search on Twitter socked me right in the eye – figuratively, of course.

43 Star US flag

43 Star US flag

Yesterday, one Bryan LaPlace, a columnist for NorthJersey.com, wrote an article about an obscure occurrence of some US flags that were found in 1970: seems they had 39 stars each. Well, you’ll just have to read the article to realize that there never was an actual 39 star US flag, even though two states could claim the right to that star.

What was frustrating was that the flags were discovered “in Upsala College’s newly acquired art center”. Then the article goes on to say a) “The college closed in 1995.” and b) “the flags would be displayed in a glass case in Upsala’s library.” Kind of leaves you hanging doesn’t it? Where are these flags? Why were no images provided? Who will solve this mystery? Inquiring vexillologists demand answers!

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