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Limousine President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1959

Sub-collection: U.S. Presidential

U.S. Presidential Limousine Flag - President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
This is an extremely rare, nylon, combination appliqué and embroidered, 49 star U.S. Presidential Automobile Flag. It was official for just a year between 4 July 1959 and 3 July 1960. It was a transitional flag made for period between the 48 to the 50 star versions.

This 49 star flag was used only during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 
It is a smaller version of the Presidential color and was displayed on a vehicle carrying the President of the United States. Contrasting royal standards used in monarchies, this flag identifies the current office holder, in this case President Eisenhower. Presidential stars with 49 stars are exceedingly rare as few were made; according to US Government records the order for the 50 star versions was placed on August of 1959.

They are also hard to identify an often confused with their longer lived 48 star and 50 star counter parts. This flag has been offered at auction twice as a President John F. Kennedy flag. However, it is identical to a flag on the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum, # QMR-478, which is cataloged as being made in 1958, made undoubtedly in anticipation of the statehood of Alaska and used until statehood of Hawaii made it obsolete. Surviving 49 star presidential flags reveal that very no complete 49 star flags were ever embroidered; the three known embroidered versions were converted from 48 star presidential parade and auto flags by sewing a ring of 49 embroidered stars onto per-existing flags. The flags like this example represent a "field expedient" solution to the need for the short lived 49 star flag.

This flag also departs from the appliqué (see ZFC2581) or embroidered versions (see ZFC2500) of the Presidential Automobile Flag. 

This flag was acquired at auction from American Political Items Collectors national president and leading Kennedy specialist Christopher Hearn, who had in turn acquired it from the estate of Major Anthony S. Suglia, who served as a military aide to three presidents in Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson. 

ZFC Significant Flag

• Flag made by U.S. Army Quartermaster dept, circa 1958.
• Used by President Dwight D, Eisenhower Administration, 1959.
• Acquired by Major Anthony S. Suglia, presidential aide.
• Major Anthony S. Suglia Collection until 1999.
• By descent in the Suglia family until 2005.
• Sold via Leland's Auctions, Bohemia, NY to Christopher Hearn, Leesburg, Virginia, 2005.
• Christopher Hearn Collection, until 2010.
• Sold via Heritage Auctions, Dallas Texas to Zaricor Flag Collection, 2010.


Flag of the President of the United States, Wikipedia, 25 October 2011, from:

Patterson, Richard, Richardson Dougall, The Eagle and The Shield, Department of State, Washington, 1976.

History of the President's Flag, Sea Flags, 1 October 2011, from:

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection


Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 19
Length of Fly 29.5


Comments on Star Measurements Single ring of white five point stars around US Presidential Arms
Size of Stars 0.75


Size of Hoist 1.5


Is it framed? no


Number of Stars 49
How are the stars embeded? Sewn
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? yes


Has a Blood Stripe? no


Description of Crest/Emblem Arms of the U.S. President


Nation Represented United States


Fabric Nylon


Stitching Combination
Comments on Stitching Hand & Machine stitching


Type of Weave Plain


Method of Attachment Pole Hem & Tabs


Applique Sides Double Sided = Two sides different


Research Documents


Condition Excellent
Damage Used, like new
Displayable yes


Date 1958


Exhibition Copy Exhibited at Flag Congress/Washington 2011.