Oh Say Can You See

Happy Flag Day!  For our international friends, on June 14, 1777, the new United States government passed the following resolution:

“That the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white on a blue field, representing the new constellation.”

Though we know that the current American flag with fifty stars was designed by a child,1 there’s a bit of mystery as to who created the first flag.  Sure, Betsy Ross gets the credit.  But the story of Washington visiting Ms. Ross and requesting that she sew a flag only came to light after her death, when her grandson related the tale.

Though we may not actually know how it started, we know where the flag has been.  From the US Capitol to the Moon.  From lapel pins…

to swimwear…

to pastries…

And now, to socks.

It’s been quite a journey.  Happy birthday American Flag!


1. And he only got a B-

One Small Step for a Sock

Forty-six years ago today the first humans landed on the moon.  Buzzfeed may have the scoop on how the moon walk was filmed.  But, we have firsthand (or foot) knowledge of the historic event.

I received no special training, however I went through an additional fire-prevention treatment to supplement the naturally resistant characteristics of my Nome fibers.

I was assigned as the primary left sock of mission commander, Astronaut Neil Armstrong.

However, during the preparations for the lunar E.V.A. it was discovered that Astronaut Aldrin’s socks (both primary and reserve) had been left behind on Earth.

Upon discovery, the astronauts consulted with Mission Control in Houston and it was decided that Astronaut Armstrong would give his primary socks to Buzz Aldrin.  And so, Astronaut Armstrong’s back-up socks became the first socks on the moon, and I followed shortly afterward with Astronaut Aldrin.

But I’m not bitter.

Excerpt from the official statement given by Neil Armstrong’s sock.

Party Like It’s 1776

Happy Independence Day!  And what better place to spend it than at the birthplace of the original Stars and Stripes: Betsy Ross’ House in Philadelphia, PA.  Unfortunately, we were a couple of weeks too soon.

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Two weekends back the crew of FOOTNOTES: A Sockumentary traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to shoot footage of Betsy’s actual upholstery workshop for an episode of the web series.

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According to Betsy’s grandson, she “made with her hands the first flag” of the United States.  Legend has it that General George Washington came to her in late spring 1776 to make the request.  What isn’t widely known is that the original design called for six-pointed stars.  Betsy showed that with a few quick snips of her shears, five points were faster and easier to make.

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FOOTNOTES owes a lot of thanks to all of the folks at the Betsy Ross House, particularly Lisa Acker-Moulder and Connor Quach, as well as Historic Philadelphia’s Sandy Lloyd.

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