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Vanity: My Bedford Flag
Self / Bedford MA Public Library ^ | 7/21/12 | self

Posted on 07/21/2012 6:13:15 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack

The way things have been going lately, I decided it was time to reach back into the nation's history and dig deep for a little inspiration. Shortly after the Roberts/Obamacare decision, I gave thought to flying the Gadsden Flag, but that just wasn't a strong enough message...the Bedford Flag was more expressive about how I feel, but where to find one? You can buy some cheap nylon ones online, but they look trashy and are probably made in China. I decided to make my own, and today, just about wrapped it up...I took photos along the way, some with my phone and some with my SLR, so the picture quality and color varies...

Fabric just purchased, and laid out to be measured...

...starting to turn into a flag...stitched the fringe and if you look close, I loosely stitched a grid of white thread to help layout the design.

initial design laid out and underpainting started...

First splash of color and some additional underpainting on the armor.

Getting the armor done...

Finally just about where I want it. This is where I'm at today...just a little more work to be done.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: bedford; flag
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For those that don't know, the Bedford Flag is the oldest known flag in the United States, and is currently housed in the Bedford, MA public library.

Legend holds that this is the flag the Bedford Minutemen fought under at the Concord Bridge on April 19, 1775.

Working on this over the last few weeks has been very therapeutic and reinvigorated me to stand up for this country I love....Hope you enjoy!

1 posted on 07/21/2012 6:13:30 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’s awesome.. but the mundanes won’t know it’s history at all and will assume it’s medieval.


2 posted on 07/21/2012 6:16:33 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"By the rude bridge that arched the flood
Their flag to April's breeze unflurled ..."

So this was the flag flying when "The shot heard 'round the world" was fired?

3 posted on 07/21/2012 6:19:33 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Looks great! I have not seen one commercially available, or Pine Tree flag, just Gadsen and Moultrie.


4 posted on 07/21/2012 6:20:17 PM PDT by coolbreeze (giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

God bless your effort. It is a worthy and noble enterprise.


5 posted on 07/21/2012 6:21:22 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Joe 6-pack

Vince Aut Morire (”Conquer Or Die”).


6 posted on 07/21/2012 6:21:23 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Excellent job


7 posted on 07/21/2012 6:21:27 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Joe 6-pack

You should start a business. Many people could work from home.


8 posted on 07/21/2012 6:23:37 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

At the centennial celebrations of April 19, 1775, Ralph Waldo Emerson read his poem about the flag:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.

http://www.bedfordminutemancompany.org/Flag


9 posted on 07/21/2012 6:30:46 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: Mmogamer; Joe 6-pack

Interesting how our patriots looked to the past for images and inspiration from heroes of years long gone. Just as we do today. Wonderful flag, and wonderful story on it’s history.


10 posted on 07/21/2012 6:32:11 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Joe 6-pack

Joe.. the flag is beautiful. I had no idea you were so talented in art and fabric. Great job! I am truly impressed!


11 posted on 07/21/2012 6:37:14 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: occamrzr06
If this happened today, the news, and 90% of the population, would describe them as a bunch of wackos and nutcases. Religious lunatics. Preppers. Gun fanatics with “arsenals”. Etc.

I wonder how many of the population back then DID think they were nuts. I seem to recall that a fairly high percentage of folks (30%???) wanted to stay with England, and another 30%??? were ambivalent.

12 posted on 07/21/2012 6:39:12 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Joe 6-pack

That thing is completely cool - you’ve done a terrific job!

P.S. Thanks for the history lesson - too bad the kids that need it most will never get it in the publik skoolz.


13 posted on 07/21/2012 6:40:58 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Found this at Seven Brothers Mercantile - http://www.sevenbros.com/product_info.php?products_id=30810

Lot’s of other flags, etc. (Just saying.)

Bedford Minuteman Flag 3x5 ft Poly $4.99

Made for outdoors, 3x5 foot, two grommet 150 Denure Polyester Construction. 4 Rows of stitching on the fly side.
The Bedford Flag is the oldest existing flag in the United States, the second oldest in the western hemisphere and the only flag carried by the Minutemen at the battle of the North Bridge in Concord on April 19, 1775.

It had a long history before the Revolution, for it had been used as a standard of the Massachusetts Bay cavalry Troop for over 100 years and had seen service in the Indian Wars many times before that great day at the bridge.

In 1659, when the cavalry troop was organized, arrangements were made for a proper emblem. The flag was probably made in England for the Massachusetts Bay Colony sometime between 1660 and 1670. Records of the order for the flag, and a description of the proposed emblem, are in the British Museum.

The Bedford Flag is about 2½ feet square, handmade of red silk damask. The design is handpainted on both sides of the flag in silver and gold leaf. Extending from a cloud is an armor-clad arm holding a sword, with three cannon balls in the background. In a scroll is the motto VINVE AUT MORIRE (Conquer or die). On the reverse side, the motto begins at the bottom and the sword is in front of the scroll. This, in itself makes the flag unique.

The old flag which we so proudly own was called a “cornet”, and was carried by a mounted officer, also called a Cornet. The Page family of Bedford had held a commission of Cornet for generations. In 1737, John Page was commissioned as a Cornet, or standard bearer. His son, Nathaniel, was a Minuteman, and although not commissioned, was called Cornet Page. It was Cornet Nathaniel Page that carried the old emblem to Concord on the morning of April 19, 1775.

At the centennial celebrations of April 19, 1775, Ralph Waldo Emerson read his poem about the flag:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.

In 1885, Cyrus Page, grandson to Cornet Nathaniel Page, gave to the Town of Bedford the flag, which had been in the custody of the Page family for over 150 years. Both the old Bedford Flag and the Commission of John Page in facsimile are in a specially constructed vault at the Bedford Public Library.


14 posted on 07/21/2012 6:43:07 PM PDT by Perseverando (Keywords: So we can find a really great article on FreeRepublic.com a couple of months from now.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Beautiful! in every sense of the word.


15 posted on 07/21/2012 6:44:42 PM PDT by Thom Pain (U.S. Constitution is a CONTRACT!)
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To: Mmogamer
"...the mundanes won’t know it’s history at all and will assume it’s medieval."

That's the plan...get them asking and engage them in conversation about this nation's founding...

16 posted on 07/21/2012 6:48:12 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Excellent handiwork, sir. Do you plan to make some for sale?


17 posted on 07/21/2012 6:49:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
"So this was the flag flying when "The shot heard 'round the world" was fired?"

It is generally held to be just that, although there is a little bit of controversy over it. It was certainly in existence at the time.

18 posted on 07/21/2012 6:50:14 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Amazing work, beautiful! Fantastic job, congrats!


19 posted on 07/21/2012 6:51:26 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Army Air Corps
"Do you plan to make some for sale?"

Actually I learned a lot about flag making from this endeavor...I've long done calligraphy and manuscript miniatures, but this was the first time I've done anything on this scale. I suppose like all my artwork, I'd consider commissions, but full scale production is out of the question due to the time involved.

20 posted on 07/21/2012 6:52:44 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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