You're going to be seeing a lot of American flags this week. Chances are, a good deal of them were made by New Jersey's Annin & Co. Flagmakers, the world's oldest and largest flag manufacturer. Originally founded in 1847, the "stars and stripes" were only 70 years old and back in those days, there were just 29 stars. Over the decades, Annin has supplied the flags for nearly every monumental occasion in our country's history (see below). And what's more, they're still crafted with integrity and care from quality materials. These days, the stars are embroidered by computer-guided machines, and the miles of red and white cotton stripes are stitched together mechanically but those components, along with the canvas heading and brass gromets, are all pieced together by the hands of American workers.
(Photo: Library of Congress)