48-Star Whipple Parade Pennant, Circa 1915

This is a beautiful example of a printed Whipple star flag pennant. In the first decade of the twentieth century, a contest to design a classical style of American heraldry was held. The flag designed by Wayne Whipple, a well-known author of popular works on American history, was chosen in 1912 from among 500 entries. Whipple's flag was approved by President Taft, widely publicized throughout the nation, and produced.

Whipple’s flag design was a wonderful and symbolic celebration of our nation’s history. At center, 13 stars were arranged in a central six-pointed "Great Star" to symbolize the 13 original states. The ring of 25 stars around the "Great Star" represents the states admitted to the Union up to the time of the First Centennial celebration in 1876. An outer ring of stars symbolizes the states admitted since the Centennial. 

In this flag, we see the classic Whipple formation of thirteen stars in a great star, surrounded by twenty-five stars in a ring. Around the circle of twenty-five stars are an additional ten stars, five on each side. The pennant design is completed with 13 alternating red and white stripes.This flag was constructed circa 1915.


Flag is printed and in good condition. Colors show a little fading, but design and printed edges are still very sharp and visible. Small scattered stains throughout, more concentrated along fly, as expected with a flag of this age and past use. Hemmed edges intact. 

Flag has been artfully and archivally framed with acid-free black mat, a custom plaque, UV glass, and a custom-built black and brushed silver wooden frame.  Framed Dimensions: 15" H x 29 1/2" W x 1 1/2" D.

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