This is the first known photograph of the American flag taken on June 21, 1873 by George Henry Preble. The flag was flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during an infamous battle between the British and the United States during the War of 1812.
In World War II, the American Flag had 13 stripes, and 48 stars, with the stars arranged in rows and columns in a regular pattern (When Alaska and Hawaii became states, the pattern of stars was offset to accommodate the two new stars).
See with new insight A vision of freedom For all. Vision Of Freedom prose by Carol Cavalaris This artwork of a bald eagle, with American flag eyes, and another eagle flying, inside an American flag, is from the Patriotic Collection of art by Carol Cavalaris.