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31 Star Flag - (1851-1858) (U.S.)

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[US 31 star flag 1851] by Rick Wyatt, 5 April 1998

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In 1851, one star was added, representing California, bringing the total number of stars to 31. There were thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.
Rick Wyatt, 5 April 1998

1853 Commodore Perry in Japan

[US 31 star flag 1851] by Matthew White, 6 March 2002

In the book _Jumbo's Hide, Elvis's Ride, and the Tooth of Buddha_ by Harvey Rachlin (a history of artifacts), I saw a photo of the 31-star flag flown by Commodore Perry in Japan in 1853. The flag is in the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, and it measures 41x64 inches. There's a smaller photo of it on navy website.
Matthew White, 6 March 2002

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