Thursday, July 4, 2013

Superintended the Topping

We have all heard the legend, but here is an amazing backstory:

30 feet by 42 feet!  A 50 pound flag! How high would the flagpole have been – and would it have been oak or iron back then? Hickory? It took six weeks for a widowed seamstress, her mother, a free black apprentice, and three teenage girls.   I wonder if the story of the malt floor of a brewery was deliberately suppressed as being unpatriotic – or maybe later during the prohibition era?

Any seamstresses out there that know what ”superintended the topping” means?  I asked my sister, a quilter like her grandmother, but she drew a blank.

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