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July 2002

A Flowering of Freedom

The salutes were unflagging outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in 1938, as ceremonial representatives from each of the 13 original states celebrated the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Their backdrop banner, a 10-by-20-foot (3-by-6-meter) replica of one version of the 1777 flag was composed entirely of red, white, and blue flowers. It was touted at the time as the “largest floral flag ever built in America.”

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Photograph by Ernesto Cagnacci