Old Glory, A Visual History

In honor of the 4th of July

Moss and Fog

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The American flag can be polarizing these days, having become a code or divisive symbol rather than an always loved icon of the United States. To some, it’s a visual reminder of arrogance and chest-thumping. To others, it’s a glimmer of light and freedom. One thing is for sure, the flag has gone through a myriad of permutations, morphing and evolving like life itself.

Those clever folks at PopChart Labs have a new poster immortalizing the many forms of the American Flag, including lesser known versions, like 1779 Serapis and the 1837 Great Star. As we’ve grown to be a 50 state nation, so have the stars grown. If we ever pass the nice, even 50-star number, how will the flag continue to evolve? Via FastCo Design:

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