National Geographic : 2002 Jul
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback INTERNATIONAL NEWSPHOTOS THE BIG BLOOM AFlowering of Freedom The salutes were unflagging outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in 1938, as ceremonial repre sentatives from each of the 13 original states celebrated the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Their backdrop banner, a 10-by-20-foot replica of one version of the 1777 flag, was composed entirely of red, white, and blue flowers. It was touted at the time as the "largest floral flag ever built in America." This photograph was never before published in the magazine. You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0207. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN00279358)IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 114517THST.NW,WASHINGTON, DC20036-4688$3400AYEARFORU.S.DELIVERY $6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING)PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILINGOFFICESPOSTMASTER: SENDADDRESS CHANGES TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. POBOX63002,TAMPA,FL336633002.