Having developed a somewhat unhealthy obsession with pinterest, I can easily understand how people lose entire afternoons to pinning. I am currently fixated on a board I created to showcase inspiring pictures of the American Flag (I even contacted the artist who took the photograph for my banner through this board). I have always had a soft spot in my heart for American flag clothing (see here) and the flag itself (an American flag served as the focal point of my dorm room freshman year). Understandably, I simply couldn’t resist sharing some of the amazing photos I have found through pinterest with you. In doing so I began looking into where most of America’s flags are manufactured, and unfortunately the source may not surprise you.
According to CNN, the U.S. imported $3.2 million worth of flags in 2010, with $2.8 million, or 88 percent of that merchandise, hailing from China. How the former manufacturing capital of the world is failing to manufacture the majority of its own freedom symbol is beyond me. I think we can both agree this is completely unacceptable. Fortunately, we are not alone.
Last summer on Flag Day, June 14, 2011, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced legislation that would ensure that flags purchased by the Federal government are entirely made in America. The federal government is currently only required to purchase flags manufactured from 50 percent American-made materials.
“American flags should be American-made,” Brown said. “With Ohio companies proudly producing the American flag, taxpayer funds should not be used to purchase foreign-made flags. Our nation’s economic strength is tied to a strong manufacturing sector – and we should be doing everything we can to support American manufacturing.”
Brown’s All-American Flag Act passed the Senate July 27, but has yet to pass the House.
If you are interested in purchasing authentic American-made flags, a wide variety of manufacturers across the U.S. are still in existence, including Annin Flagmakers. Founded in 1847, Annin is the nation’s oldest and largest producer of American flags. Located in Coshocton, Ohio, the company employs 500 workers nationwide with plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. You can also find more manufacturers of American-made flags here.
And as promised, here are some of my favorite flag-pins, check out all of Haute Americana’s boards on pinterest here.