The Great Star Flag of 1841
Jul 11, 2016 09:43AM ● Published by Gene Kirschbaum
1. The present 50 star configuration is the longest-running version of our flag.
2. At the time of the Great Star flag, there was no "standard configuration" for the stars. As a result, some flag makers made flags with stars in a row (like present flags) while other flag makers placed the stars in the Great Star configuration.
3. From 1795 until 1818, our flag had 15 stripes, symbolizing Vermont and Kentucky in addition to the 13 original states. After 1818, our flag returned to 13 stripes, when people realized that Vermont and Kentucky aren't actually that cool.