Flag Designed for the National Museum, Smithson Bicentennial

ID: 71-1899

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1971

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 66, Folder: 1

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Bureau flags were designed for all the Smithsonian bureaus for the celebration of the bicentennial of James Smithson's birth. The thirteen individual banners were all similar except for the design of the canton in the upper left corner. All have a blue field with gold fringe on the upper, lower, and right sides. In the center is a gold sun burst with sixteen alternating straight and wavy rays representing the "increase and diffusion of knowledge." The canton for the United States National Museum is a red featuring a white circle containing a five-pointed blue star and a classical facade of a building with four columns.


  • Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965
  • United States National Museum


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The first Smithsonian flag was designed in 1955.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 66, Folder: 1

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c. 1971

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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