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The USA 48, 49 and 50 star Flags.
I posted this on Bricklink today, but thought I would share it here as well.
The real USA Flags...
From 1959-60 the United States had 2 new states that entered the Union... Alaska,
our 49th state (in Jan. 1959), and Hawaii, our 50th state (in Sept. 1959). Alaska's
49th star was added immediately in Jan. 1959 to the official US flag. Hawaii's
50th star was delayed by 10 months... maybe for the USA to get rid of all the
49 star US flags in inventories. (They shipped them all up to Alaska!)
So the 50th star was added officially on July 4, 1960. The 48 star flag was
used from 1912 (when New Mexico and Arizona became states) until 1959. The 49
star flag was used from January 1959 until July 1960. And of course the 50 star
flag is still in use today.
Now as to LEGO flags...
LEGO flags were introduced in November of 1957. The first USA flags had 48 stars...
6 columns of 8 stars. Whether or not a 49 star USA LEGO flag was produced is not
certain. But LEGO artwork showing one has been spotted (although the LEGO folks
were NOT aware of the exact star positioning of that flag... see first image below).
But no actual 49 star flags have ever been found. If they were produced, they would
be considered rare.
The last image shows the 48, 49 and 50 star official USA flag star positioning.
So if you want to check your old USA LEGO flags... here's an easy way to compare
without counting stars.
These images are from Chapter 47 of my new LEGO DVD.
P.S. One last thing... it seems likely that if there are any 49 star LEGO flags out there...
they would likely be found in continental Europe, or Britain/Ireland.
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