6 Things We Didn’t Know About Flags

★ The colors of the American flag are Old Glory Blue, Old Glory Red, and white, as defined by the Standard Color Reference of America, published by the Color Association of the United States. There are no exact Pantone matches for the blue and red.

★ Nylon flags are most popular in the North, while heavy duty cotton is preferred in the South.

★ If a flag is not lit, it should be lowered at sunset.

★ Annin sells 60 percent of its flags between April and July, for “flag season”: Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day.

★ The U.S. Census Bureau reports that almost 99 percent of American flags are made in the U.S.; more than 95 percent of the imported flags are made in China. (Annin produces all its flags domestically.)

★ Annin will make Nazi flags only for movies. Following the Charleston church massacre of 2015, that rule now applies to Confederate flags as well.

More on Annin Flagmakers:

Raising the Standard: Flags are the family business for Sandy Dennis Van Lieu

Banner Years: Some of Annin’s highest-profile flags throughout American history

This story originally ran in the spring 2016 issue of Hue Magazine.

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