Jabzy (or @JabzyJoe) hosts a YouTube channel focused on Western history. In addition to nearly 70 Three Minute Histories of various wars, he has a shorter (in number) and longer (in runtime) series of Flag Histories — four to be precise, of Germany, France, Britain, and Italy. Using many images from art history, he takes each back to medieval times at around six minutes each.
A little counter-point to
the last posting. Images of men sewing flags can be found, just not as easily. Here are some. (Click on the photos below for original context as found on the web.)
“Paul Servos, co-owner of the Flag Shop, practices a technique called applique-sewing, in which an image is sewn onto both sides of a flag to give the impression of a flat image.” From article in the CFB Esquimalt Lookout: Navy News Online, March 25, 2013.
“Man sewing new flag for Communist regime in Vietnam. Hannoi 10-1954”.
“Tailor in Berbera in the northwestern Somaliland region of Somalia sewing the regional flag.” Photo by Alfred Weidinger, 2011.
A British sailor uses a sewing machine to repair a signal flag on board the armed merchant cruiser HMS ALCANTARA en route to Sierra Leone, 1942. Photo by Cecil Beaton. Crown Copyright, Imperial War Museum.
“A Gift to the Nation” by Tom Browning.
“A Moslem tailor hurries to finish the star-and-crescent flag of new Pakistan.” Photograph by David Duncan Douglas, published in LIFE Magazine, August 18, 1947. Note pakistaniflagmaker.page.tl claims the man in the photo was Altaf Hussain.
The production of flags has been, and continues to be, highly gendered. (Click on the photos below for original context as found on the web.)
Woman sewing a signal flag. Early 1940’s. From Bankcroft Library.
“Tanya Mounts and Jackie Darr add the grommets to a large American flag.” Coshocton, Ohio. Photo from Annin Flagmakers website.
Sewing the American Flag. Photograph by May Smith, National Geographic.
“A mother sewing the flag in front of her daughter, Lebanon – 1950” From lebanonpostcard.com.
Linda Le (right) and Kuo Nam Lo, above, embroider a presidential flag on Flag Day at the Defense Logistics Agency. Below right, a detail from the flag. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ / Staff Photographer, Philadelphia Inquirer.
Sewing stripes on an American flag at the Annin Flag Company, March 1943. Photographer: Marjory Collins (1912-1985). From US Library of Congress.
A female inmate works on an American flag while working in the Prison Industries Authority Fabrics program at the Central California Women’s Facility on Thursday, April 5, 2012 in Chowchilla, Calif. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle / SF
From the National Archives and Records Admin: “Patriotic old women make flags. Born in Hungary, Galicia, Russia, Germany, Rumania. Their flag-making instructor, Rose Radin, is standing. Underwood and Underwood., ca. 1918”
Photography from Fred’s Flag Shop ( http://pubpages.unh.edu/~njf49)
“Women Sewing Flags” Photographer: Margaret Bourke White