47-Star Flag

From the exhibition:
Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now

New Mexico History Museum

New Mexicans proud of achieving statehood inspired flag manufacturers to produce a 47-star flag - despite a federal law that said flag updates could only happen every July 4. Arizona’s admission to the Union 39 days after New Mexico precluded production of a 47-star flag, but a few of these unofficial versions made it into the hands of New Mexicans.

Photo by Blair Clark, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Note: Representative image at left is often cropped for display purposes. Downloaded high-resolution images are not cropped.