49-Star Silk Printed Parade Flag, Circa 1959

Presented is a 49-star American flag, celebrating Alaska statehood. The flag is printed on silk and has seven rows of seven stars in a staggered row pattern printed on the bright blue canton.

Alaska’s long path to statehood started in 1867, when Secretary of State William Seward brokered a deal to acquire the territory from Russia for $7.2 million. The Alaska Purchase gave the United States a land mass of 586,412 square miles, an area twice the size of Texas, yet was purchased when the United States already had an abundance of unpopulated land, thus earning the nickname Seward’s Folly.  Alaska became a territory in 1912. Its strategic importance became obvious during World War II and in 1946 Alaska held a referendum asking Congress to consider it for statehood.

On January 3rd, 1959 Alaska was granted statehood, placing the 49th star on the American flag. An Executive Order from President Eisenhower provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically. The 49-Star flag was official for only one year, until July 4, 1960, when Hawaii achieved its Statehood and the 50-star flag became the official flag.

CONDITION:

Very good condition. Printed on silk. Red and blue printed color remains very vibrant, with some toning to silk background. Creases due to past storage. Machine-sewn hem with red thread. Flag dimensions: 7 3/4” H x 12” W.

This flag has been archivally framed to the conservation standards in a custom-built black wooden frame with a silver spandrel, mounted on archival dark linen. Framed Dimensions: 14 3/4” H x 19” W x 1” D. 




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