Saturday, June 14, 2008

Flag Day

When I realized that today is Flag Day (in the U.S.), I immediately thought of Wayne Whipple and his "Whipple Flag." Blaine Whipple wrote an article on the Whipple Flag some nine years ago. In 1912 (when the Whipple Flag was conceived), federal law allowed more flexibility in flag design. Those of us born after the Flag Code was passed by Congress in 1942 won't remember the Whipple Flag. (From 1942 until Alaska and Hawaii joined the union, the official arrangement of the 48 stars was a 6 x 8 grid.)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Clara Barton

Today Blaine Whipple (see blainewhipple.com) emailed about a web site devoted to Clara Barton's birthplace. You will recall that Clara Barton founded the Red Cross; did you know that she is also a Whipple?