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Smithsonian Natural Museum of American History Star Spangled Banner Online Exhibit
wait…what… 1814? I mean Camera was already pioneered by then?
"… The first permanent photograph of a camera image was made in 1825 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce using a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris… "
Regardless of whatever is happening in our Country politically, socially, etc…seeing this makes me very proud to be an American!
Proudly she waves ol’ Glory!!
Many assume that much of the damage to the flag was due to the bombardment. However it was actually a smaller storm flag that was flying during the bombardment, with the larger garrison flag (pictured here and in the Smithsonian) being raised the next morning.
The damage and parts that are missing is partly due to ware overtime. However, it is also partly (mostly) due to the fact that parts of the flag were cut off and given as souvenirs by the Armistead family (George Armistead was the commander of the fort during the battle) following the end of The War of 1812.
Pretty neat. Notice that there are 15 stars and 15 stripes. I think this was the last version with equal numbers of each before cutting stripes back to 13 permanently and increasing stars with new statehoods. Apparently, the stripes would’ve been too daunting and unappealing to the eye, so Congress went to 13 as an homage to those first states.