The local rag had an interesting article on a local man who collects old American flags. Very old American flags.
It makes good Flag Day reading. A nugget:
The result, in an age before mass communication and mass production, was that seamstresses and flag-makers invented their own odd, often outlandish interpretations.
Some covered half the flag in blue. Others set the stripes vertically. Some put the stars on the stripes. Some added eagles, shields, or political slogans, because, after all, there was no rule against it – and no efficient means to compare one design to another.