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These flags represented a movement. "Liberty" flags were quite common throughout the colonies; examples exist from
Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, South Carolina and Georgia. The Taunton *was* an early flag of the "movement," prior to the Sons of Liberty's stripes. I think the "Liberty" Flags were meant to be substantially the same throughout the colonies.
Dave Martucci, 17 February 1998
Liberty Poles, Liberty Trees, and Liberty Flags were mentioned with increased frequency as protests began to grow within the colonies prior to the Revolution. Men banded together into Sons of Liberty societies and would meet under some large oak or other distinctive tree on the green. They erected Liberty Poles which local authorities and Loyalists would, of course, try to chop down. In one instance, after their Pole had been destroyed for the second time, the local Liberty Boys raised a massive replacement sheathed in iron.
Source: Standards and Colors of the American Revolution[ric82]
Rick Wyatt, 18 July 2001
by Rick Wyatt, 18 July 2001
by Dave Martucci, 2 December 1999
In the July 1936 National Geographic Magazine, I found a photo of the Sons of Liberty Flag of Boston flown in the 1760s to protest colonial treatment. The photo shows the flag displayed flat and its 9 alternate red and white vertical stripes are clearly visible. The flag is displayed today at the Old State House in Boston, folded, in a controlled environment case.
Dave Martucci, 2 December 1999