Do you know this flag?
Published 10:10 am Thursday, June 14, 2012
An unusual photo has some Freeborn County Historical Museum employees and volunteers scratching their heads.
Since today is Flag Day they thought they would ask the public for help in identifying a photo of a “living flag.” The above photo was most likely taken around the years of 1917 or 1918 at North Side School, a grade school, in Albert Lea.
Local historian Ed Shannon said the school was located at the corner of Johnson Street and Marshall Street; it is now a condominium.
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Some clues about the photo were published in a 1949 edition of Hi Lites and Shadows, by Irv Sorenson. It said a living, singing flag was made in honor of Decoration Day. Decoration Day is now called Memorial Day.
In all, 237 students make up the flag. There are 13 stripes made up of anywhere from eight to 21 students in each, and 56 students make up the upper left corner of the flag. Shannon said he thought each row was made up of either only boy students or only girl students.
It is also unclear where the photo was taken, but it looks as if the children are situated on wooden bleachers in front of a large brick wall or building.
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