Crocheted American Flag (MO 1942.200.14)

June 14 is Flag Day. On this date in 1777, the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted as the national flag of the United States. Handmade American flags are among the thousands of gifts FDR received from admirers during his presidency. The Museum has sixty-five of these crocheted, knitted, or hand-sewn flags in its collection.

Mrs. Provie Mason, a 74-year-old resident of San Diego, California, crocheted this American flag with fourty-eight stars (Alaska and Hawaii had not yet entered the Union) in an offset pattern. She presented it to Roosevelt as a gift during World War II. A longtime Republican, Mason changed her party registration to Democrat in 1942, around the time she created this flag. The newspaper clipping below includes a photograph of Mrs. Mason holding her flag before sending it off to the President.