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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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To: Joe 6-pack

You already know my opinion, dear. For the record, I think you’ve done a magnificent job. The bold and stunning vision of your Bedford Flag brings the blood up and infuses the heart with courage, as we remember we must fight to take back our country from those determined to destroy it. “Conquer Or Die”, we must! I hope you’re as proud of your flag, as I am of you.


21 posted on 07/21/2012 6:52:53 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: Mmogamer
...the mundanes won’t know it’s history at all and will assume it’s medieval.

Somebody call?

I'm far from deficient in my knowledge of US history, but I'd never heard of the Bedford flag until today.

22 posted on 07/21/2012 6:53:43 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: momtothree
One of my best kept secrets is that I own a sewing machine. Back in my drinking days, while I was still in the Army, I bought it to sew on my own patches, name tapes, badges, tabs, etc. Each BDU top would cost me $10-15 bucks just for the sewing, so I bought a cheap $60 brother thinking that after four or five uniforms, I'd be saving beer money.

Then over the years, I started repairing stuff. Then I started making stuff...

23 posted on 07/21/2012 6:56:43 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Perseverando

Thanks! I just created an account and ordered one. (I guess I’m lazier than Joe ).


24 posted on 07/21/2012 6:57:40 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: floralamiss

Thank you my love! :-*


25 posted on 07/21/2012 6:59:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Perseverando

While it’s great to know one can buy a Bedford flag— and thanks for the link —there’s very little detail on the one at the store site. IMHO, Joe 6-pack’s version is a fine representation of the original.


26 posted on 07/21/2012 7:00:55 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: Joe 6-pack

You’re welcome, honey. :-*


27 posted on 07/21/2012 7:03:24 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: floralamiss

Such things are easy with an inspiring muse ;-)


28 posted on 07/21/2012 7:05:06 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: coolbreeze

There is a historical flag site online that has the Pine Tree one and other historical flags. I got Christopher Columbus’s, too - with F and Y on it (Ferdinand and Isabella). The Bedford Flag is very nice.


29 posted on 07/21/2012 7:12:30 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Very nice. I worked in Bedford many years ago and used to frequently get lunch and drive to the Old North Bridge and eat it.


30 posted on 07/21/2012 7:17:02 PM PDT by BRL
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To: BRL
"I worked in Bedford many years ago and used to frequently get lunch and drive to the Old North Bridge and eat it."

Had to read that twice, lol..I thought you ate the Old North Bridge!

My brother used to be stationed at Hanscom AFB and would drive through Bedford every day. When I got back from Korea, I went to visit him there, and that's when I first became aware of the flag....

31 posted on 07/21/2012 7:22:39 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Haha,

I noticed my wording was odd after I hit the post button. I worked at Raytheon, which overlooked Hanscom field.

32 posted on 07/21/2012 7:38:07 PM PDT by BRL
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To: Joe 6-pack

Great work...Making your own says dedication to the motto...

For those less artisticly inclined, however, look here...

http://www.ultimateflags.com/Bedford-flag-for-sale.html


33 posted on 07/21/2012 7:46:13 PM PDT by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: coolbreeze

cb,

The folks at Colonial Flag in Salt Lake City have it on their website (http://www.colonialflag.com/bedford_flag_p/fhbed.htm).

I think I also saw a couple of Pine Tree designs. Look under their Int’l, State, & Military link.


34 posted on 07/21/2012 8:05:41 PM PDT by hotshu (Redistribution of wealth by the government is nothing but theft under the color of law.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks for the history lesson. I’m always interested in learning the history of our great nation. Nice job on the Bedford flag. You are right that American made flags are expensive. I bought an American-made Stars & Stripes and a Gadsden flag last summer from a local specialty store and it cost me almost $70.00 for the two, which I consider money well spent as they are of very good quality compared to the department store variety. I fly them proudly, side by side and pray they last many years and our country lasts many more years.


35 posted on 07/21/2012 9:03:42 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: Joe 6-pack

That flag is beautiful. I bought a poly one to fly at some point (soon, I think.)

I also have a Goliad Flag which will also need to fly soon.


36 posted on 07/21/2012 9:53:49 PM PDT by AQuietThinkingMan ((jus' tryin' to get by))
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To: Joe 6-pack

That flag is beautiful. I bought a poly one to fly at some point (soon, I think.)

I also have a Goliad Flag which will also need to fly soon.


37 posted on 07/21/2012 9:54:32 PM PDT by AQuietThinkingMan ((jus' tryin' to get by))
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To: Joe 6-pack

Joe, this is just awesome!

I thought I knew my American history, but I knew nothing about the Bedford Flag before this. Thanks!!!


38 posted on 07/21/2012 10:04:43 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Very nice!!! A true labor of love.


39 posted on 07/21/2012 10:25:44 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Mmogamer; The Sons of Liberty; coolbreeze; fhayek; Old Sarge; mnehring; hoosiermama; occamrzr06; ...
Pinging you all to the final product. I'll be giving it to my dad next week for his 80th birthday :-)


40 posted on 07/23/2012 7:01:26 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Joe... it is stunning. Your Dad will be thrilled! Wish him a happy 80th from me!


41 posted on 07/23/2012 7:20:58 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Joe 6-pack
Joe,

That is really really nice. Now about the carved gizmo to the upper right of the flag.. did you make that too? (haha)

42 posted on 07/23/2012 7:27:47 PM PDT by BRL
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To: Mmogamer
That might be a good thing. The people who need to know, will.
I prefer the Bennington flag myself.
43 posted on 07/23/2012 7:30:35 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: BRL; floralamiss

I wish I had...it’s a wonderfully carved Celtic knot in the shape of a heart, gifted to me by FReeper floralamiss....


44 posted on 07/23/2012 7:34:25 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Joe, great job! Just awesome!

What a good son you are. Wish Dad a happy 80th for us.


45 posted on 07/23/2012 7:56:18 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Fantastic job, Joe. I’m sure your dad is going to treasure it.


46 posted on 07/23/2012 8:11:14 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’d be one of the coolest gifts ever. Nothing - I mean NOTHING - beats handmade labors of love.


47 posted on 07/23/2012 8:51:19 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: coolbreeze
No Bedford, but here is an American made Washington Cruisers (Pine Tree) flag.
48 posted on 07/23/2012 9:01:35 PM PDT by j_tull (Massachusetts once lead the American Revolution. Under Mitt Romney, it lead the demise.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Awesome work and a great gift.


49 posted on 07/23/2012 9:02:19 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Great work Joe!


50 posted on 07/23/2012 9:02:42 PM PDT by j_tull (Massachusetts once lead the American Revolution. Under Mitt Romney, it lead the demise.)
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