This is a beautiful 45-star American flag, commemorating the addition of Utah to the Union. The flag dates to 1896- 1907, and is printed on polished cotton. The blue canton consists of 45 white stars, arranged in straight rows of upright stars in a configuration of 8-7-8-7-7-8 stars. The flag design is completed with 13 alternating red and white stripes, each stripe representing one of the original thirteen colonies.
Utah became the 45th state in 1896. Utah attempted to gain statehood for many years, but remained a Territory, primarily due to the fact that the Mormon Church and Utah authorities continued to be openly tolerant of polygamy. In 1890, Mormon Church President Wilford Woodruff published a manifesto that denounced the contract of “any marriages forbidden by the law of the land”. This gave way to Utah’s 1896 acceptance in the Union.
The 45 star flag was used from that year until 1907, when Oklahoma joined the Union. Due to the 1898 Spanish-American War and Teddy Roosevelt’s famous world tour of the “White Fleet,” launched in 1907, this was an extremely patriotic period in our Nation’s history.
Original printed flag on muslin. Flag is in very good condition, considering age and past use. Flag has some creases running vertically, from past storage. Light toning in white stripes. Missing headband. Printed colors are still very vibrant.