December 13, 2017
When he was in third grade, a janitor at Steve Timmerman’s elementary school gave him a 48-star flag. It was 1959 and Alaska had just become a state, so the school was getting the new 49-star version. When he started looking around at other flags, Timmerman noticed there were several different styles of 48-star flags.
In the years since he was given his first flag, Timmerman, a 45-year Iowa Department of Transportation employee, continued to collect 48-star versions from wherever he could. In doing some research, he found out the 48-star flag was official from 1912 until 1959, but that there were multiple 48-star patterns made. He found some with odd star patterns and then one with gold colored stars, instead of the typical white.The gold star flag intrigued him so he began digging deeper, but could not get any definite answers as to why the stars were a different color.
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