Know Your Flag! The Evolution of the Stars and Stripes

June 14 marks Flag Day, as proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson in1916. Courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, this 1938 educational film traces the origins of the U.S. flag through the centuries, beginning with the Union Jack and the flags of the first colonies of the New World. While its jolly patriotism is a little overwhelming, the film is a fascinating mini history of an iconic design. For more background on Flag Day, see Megan Garber's "More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Flag Pole Design.

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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