Last modified: 2015-05-09 by rick wyatt
Keywords: forty-seven | united states | unofficial |
Links: FOTW homepage | search | disclaimer and copyright | write us | mirrors
It's clear that there's never been an official 47-stars flag of the United States. New Mexico became the 47th state on 6 January 1912, but since the United States only adopts new flags on the 4th of July, the addition of Arizona as the 48th state changed the number of stars again before a new flag was adopted.
Of course, for a new flag to be flown at the 4th of July flag, manufacturers have to make the flags before those are official. In some cases a state was added so close to the 4th of July, that manufacturers had already begun making flags that were never to be. But since Arizona gained statehood on 14 February 1912 this apparently did not happen for the 47 star flag.
The 47 star flag is a rare item. Still, it's not completely unique. Apparently some people did make such flags, what ever their reasons for doing so may have been. Doing some quick Internet research gave me the following list:
An incident occurred on Jan. 6, 1912, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when a telegraphed message arrived to confirm that statehood legislation had been signed, the Lt. Governor lowered the 46-star flag and raised a one-of-a-kind 47-star S&S, which he had sewn himself, at the Capitol.
Bill Dunning, 14 February 2007