BANNER YEARS
Some of Annin’s highest-profile flags throughout American history

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1865

An Annin flag draped Abraham Lincoln’s coffin—and every presidential coffin since.
Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs Division.

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1901

A spray of Annin flags decorated Teddy Roosevelt’s inauguration. The company has produced flags for every presidential inauguration since Zachary Taylor’s in 1849.
Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/The Crowley Company.

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1909

American explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, along with Peary’s Inuit assistants, displayed Annin flags during an early expedition to the North Pole.
Image courtesy of 
Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs Division.

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1945

Annin supplied the first flag raised on Iwo Jima during World War II. (The second, larger flag, depicted in the Marine Corps War Memorial, was not made by Annin.)
Photo courtesy of 
Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs Division.

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1959

When Alaska became the 49th state, the star field had to be amended. Annin’s president Digby Chandler designed an elegant 49-star pattern, as well as a 50-star pattern to be used after Hawaii joined the Union later that year. The 49-star flag, produced for only three months, is now a collector’s item.
Photo courtesy of 
Annin.

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1963

Jim Whittaker, the first American to scale Mt. Everest, planted an Annin flag on the peak.
Photo courtesy of 
Luther Jerstad.

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1969

The first flag on the moon was one small step for a man, one giant leap for Annin. There’s no wind on the moon, so a bar along the top edge props up the flag.
Photo courtesy of NASA.

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1971

In the midst of Vietnam War protests, Newton Heisley, an ad man for Annin, designed the POW/MIA flag for the National League of Families, uniting America in the call to bring captured and missing troops home.
Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.

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2001

This iconic photo of firefighters raising an Annin flag from the wreckage, published in the Bergen Record the day after the September 11 terrorist attacks, brought hope to a shattered nation. Annin employees worked overnight for months to meet the unprecedented demand for flags, 20 times greater than usual.
Photo courtesy of 
Getty Images/ The Record (Bergen Co. NJ).

Read a profile of Sandy Van Lieu ’94, vice president and co-owner of Annin here.