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I have been collecting military and governmental flags for 8 years. During that time I have amassed a very interesting collection of interesting and sometimes very rare flags. My main interest has been Presidential and Vice Presidential flags. I've been able to acquire a wide range of POTUS and VPOTUS flags and thought I would share them here.

 

The first flag is an ultra-rare Model 1898 Presidential Silken Color made by the Philadelphia QM Depot in 1912. This flag with the scarlet field and large blue star was used only for a few months in 1912 until it was replaced with the Model 1912 flag that reversed the filed and star colors. To the best of my knowledge there are only 4 M-1989 POTUS flags, the QM Museum, the Taft Museum in Cincinnati, fragments at the Roosevelt Museum at Sagamore Hills NY and this flag. The flag has stunning embroidery and heavy gold and silver bullion fringe. For its age of 108 years it is in excellent condition.

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This is a NY Naval Yard size 4 naval POTUS flag. It is made of wool with and appliquéd presidential seal with some embroidery. It has a canvas header with brass grommets so it likely pre-dates WW2 when grommets were made of zinc. The NY NY did not seem to date their flags like some of the other yards such as Mare Island.

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A NY Naval Yard Vice Presidential flag, size 6, made of wool with appliqué and some embroidery. This design was used from 1946 to 1975. Again, no dates on the header.

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An ultra-rare PQMD Vice presidential color, 52" x 66" rayon flag with fringe. It has a fully hand-embroidered Vice Presidential seal. This flag is dated 1953 and was purchased from the estate of former VPOTUS Spiro Agnew. It shows signs of sun damage and was displayed in one of the VP's offices. Being dated 1953 this flag served 4 men as VPOTUS including Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey and Spiro Agnew (until he was escorted from the premises). The flag came complete with poles, appropriate cords and tassels, and a matching US National color.

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52" x 66" Rayon US National color used by VP Spiro Agnew. The flag was made by Valley Forge flag company. Dated 1968.

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Modern Presidential and Vice Presidential limo flags made by Dawn's Early Light flag company. These are double sided, heavy nylon flags with machine embroidered Presidential seals. These flags are official spec but unissued so they don't have contract labels.

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PQMD made flags:

 

top: Vice POTUS "boat" flag. This is a 36" x 48" wool flag with a painted appliqué seal. It has a canvas header with a canvas header/pole sleeve and grommets and leather tabs.

 

center left: 49 Star POTUS limo flag, embroidered and fringed used by President Eisenhower dated 1952 and 1959

 

center right: VPOTUS limo flag, wool, no fringe, painted applique seal and dated 1959, used by Nixon on CCCP trip in 1959

 

bottom left: 49 star US National flag, rayon, hand embroidered stars dated 1959, used by Nixon on CCCP trip in 1959

 

bottom right: 48 star US National flag, wool, appliquéd stars,

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Model 1916 POTUS limo flag. This flag is dated June 1945 (Truman was in office after FDR's death). It is 18" x 26" silk with amazing hand embroidery and hand knotted silk fringe.

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PQMD 48 star limo US national color. This flag is 18" x 26", silk with sewn stripes and appliquéd stars.

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Model 1945 POTUS limo flag. PQMD made, dated 1952 with rayon field and fully hand embroidered 48 star presidential seal. Attributed to President Truman. size is 18" x 26"

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PQMD VPOTUS limo flag, Model 1946. Fully hand embroidered VPOTUS seal, size 18" x 26". Rayon.

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DPSC made Presidential Color, size 36" x 48" (travel-size, or press briefing room used) dated 1992, Bush 41. The flag is rayon with fully hand embroidered Presidential seal, pole sleeve with DPSC label and leather tabs. The modern flags have synthetic metallic fringe, hand knotted.

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PQMD 50 star, Model 1945/1960 POTUS color. This flag is 52" x 66" with fully hand embroidered Presidential seal, heavy gold and silver bullion knotted fringe. It has a lined pole sleeve with leather tabs and is dated 1960. Attributed to a former staffer of LBJ, so it could have served DDE, JFK and LBJ, not a good paper trail on this one. It is a beautiful example of an early 50 star QM made POTUS flag.

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Model 1946 VPOTUS auto flag. PQMD made dated January 1961. The flag is 18" x 26" and is wool with a painted appliqué VPOTUS seal.

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Model 1946 VPOTUS auto flag, PQMD made, wool with fringe. 1959 dated. Painted appliqué seal.

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A rare Model 1916 POTUS Naval Flag, size No 1. This amazing flag is approximately 15' x 20', made of wool with massive appliquéd Presidential seal with some embroidery. It has a heavy canvas header with rope, ring and snap fittings. It was done by the NY Navy Yard, undated but appears interwar-made.

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Model 1975 Vice Presidential color. DPSC made, 1992 dated. 52" x 66" rayon with hand embroidery and fringe.

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Complete set of Modern POTUS and VPOTUS limo flags. Size is 12" x 18". The US flag is single thickness heavyweight nylon with fringe. The POTUS and VPOTUS flags are double sided, heavyweight nylon with machine embroidered seals. These flags are dated 2004 and are unissued examples attributed to the Bush/Cheney era. The flags were made by AlphaSoft Flags.

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Very interesting collection! Really different and very impressive!


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Collector of WWII M-1helmets and WWII Airborne items

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