Know Your Flag! The Evolution of the Stars and Stripes

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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.

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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