old glory

This flag company has been fueling patriotism since 1847.

This flag company has been fueling patriotism since 1847.

Whether it’s Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day or any of the other 362 days of the year, the American flag waves as an enduring symbol of freedom, promise and patriotism. But just as our country has evolved since 1776, so has Old Glory. The American flag has changed considerably over the decades, from the number and arrangement of the iconic stars and stripes to the kind of fabrics and dyes used to make them.

Annin Flagmakers — a sixth generation family-owned-and-operated company — has been fueling American patriotism since 1847. It is the nation’s oldest flagmaker and currently ranks as the largest manufacturer of premium nylon, polycotton and polyester American flags in the country.

Today, American flags are made using synthetic dyes and pigments manufactured primarily from petrochemicals. Polyester is awesomely durable, so flags made from this material stand up well to the elements. Nylon flags are somewhat less durable than those made from polyester but are very popular because they are lightweight, shiny and fly well in the wind. New technology has produced nylon with weather- and UV-resistant properties that significantly improve its resistance to outdoor sunlight and weathering.

However, early American flags were made from cotton, linen or silk. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that nobody likes the sight of a tattered and torn flag. Cotton flags faded easily and gave way to the elements. Their silk counterparts were expensive to produce in mass quantities, usually reserved for military purposes. Wool was used for a spell, but it was decided that wool flags didn’t flap in the wind that well. Also, the wool was made in England, which was problematic for obvious reasons.

Annin says it promises to continue to produce American flags with the highest level of integrity, honor and pride.

And for that, we salute you!

We’re all fueled by America.