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    John F. Kennedy: Capitol-Flown Flag From November 21, 1963. 3' x 5' cotton flag made by Dettras Flag Products with "Bull Dog Bunting" logo and two brass grommets. The flag is contained in its original box (tape repairs and other faults) inscribed on top "11-21". It comes with two letters of provenance. One is a letter dated February 3, 1964 from Paul A. Kline (staff member in Maine Congressman Clifford McIntire's office) who gave the flag to Mrs. Margaret Adams. He says: "If November 21st was cued in on the box containing the flag, it might well be that the flag was flown that day. It could, however, be the day when the flag was made available from the Architect's office for my page to pick it up. The official and precise date that your particular flag was flown over the capitol is affirmed in the certificate that was in company with same." The "certificate" referred to is a letter dated November 21, 1963 from the Architect of the Capitol addressed to Congressman Clifford McIntire that reads: "This is to certify that the accompanying flag has flown over the United States Capitol." The inscription on the top of the box ("11-21") was written by someone on the "giving end" of the transaction, likely a Capitol staff member assigned the duties of raising and lowering Capitol-flown flags on a daily basis. The marking of the box was an easy way to signify the date on which the flag was flown. Kline was simply guessing when he said the date on the box might have been when the flag was picked up. The people at the Capitol couldn't care less when the flag was picked up, although they may have kept a retained log with this information. They certainly would not have written the pick-up date on the box then given the box away. The letter from the Architect of the Capitol, given its terseness, seems to be a standard form letter used when such flags where given away as souvenirs or gifts. The date of that letter (November 21, 1963) is the date when the flag was flown (as indicated on the box), not necessarily the date that the letter was signed or when it was given to the recipient of the flag. November 21, 1963 was President Kennedy's last full day in office. The flag is in mint condition, consistent with its one-day use. The consignor's mother was good friends with Congressman McIntire who represented the district in which she lived.

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    June, 2013
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