39-Star (6-7-7-6-7-6).
39-Star (6-7-7-6-7-6).

39-Star (6-7-7-6-7-6).

Horizontal Flag

Horizontal Flag


U.S. 39 Star Flag, 1875-1890 - Unofficial.

Sub-collection: Mastai - Early American Flags

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 12
Length of Fly 17.5


Width of Union/Canton 6.5
Length of Union/Canton 6.5


Size of Stars 0.75


Width of 1st Stripe 1.25
Width of 3rd Stripe 1.25
Width of 8th Stripe 1
Width of Last Stripe 1.25


Is it framed? yes
Frame Height 18
Frame Length 23


Number of Stars 39
How are the stars embeded? Printed
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? yes


Number of Stripes 13
Color of Top Stripe Red
Color of Bottom Stripe Red
Has a Blood Stripe? no


Nation Represented United States


Fabric Silk


Stitching Machine
Comments on Stitching Stitched on outer edge only.


Applique Sides Single Faced = Mirror Image Reverse


All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.


Condition Good
Damage Used
Displayable yes


Date 1875-1890


Exhibition Copy Chicago Meeting December, 2003
39-Star U.S. Flag (The Flag That Never Was)
Date: 1875-1890
Medium: Printed silk flag
Comment: There never was an official 39-star U.S. flag. However, flag manufacturers betting on early sales misjudged by believing the two Dakotas would be admitted as one state and the others would be delayed until after the 4th of July, 1876.
Dakotas, Montana and Washington were admitted as states in November, 1889 and Idaho was admitted on July 3, 1890. Thus, 39-star flags made in anticipation of any of several Western territories being admitted into the Union between 1875 and 1890. The order to admission of North and South Dakota is unknown because President Benjamin Harrison intentionally shuffled the acts admitting the Dakotas in order to deprive one or the other of the bragging rights as to which state had been admitted first.
39-star flags are an especially popular anomaly among serious flag collectors because they represent a United States that existed only for a few seconds!
Provenance: Acquired by the Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC0666) from the Mastai Collection, 2002.