Executive Order 1556

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It is hereby ordered that all National Flags and Union Jacks for the Department of the Government, with the exception noted under (a), shall conform to the following proportions:

Hoist (width) of Flag -------------- 1
Fly (length) of Flag ---------------- 1.9
Hoist (width) of Union ------------ 713
Fly (length) of Union --------------- .76
Width of each stripe --------------- 113

(a) - Exceptions: The colors carried by troops, and camp colors, shall be the sizes prescribed for the Military Service (Army and Navy).

Limitation of the number and size: With the exception of colors under note (a), the size of flags manufactured or purchased for the Government Department will be limited to those of the following hoists:

(1) - - - 20 feet
(2) - - - 19 feet (standard)
(3) - - - 14.35 feet
(4) - - - 12.19 feet
(5) - - - 10 feet
(6) - - - 8.94 feet
(7) - - - 5.14 feet
(8) - - - 5 feet
(9) - - - 3.52 feet
(10) - - - 2.90 feet
(11) - - - 2.37 feet
(12) - - - 1.31 feet

When in the manufacture of any flag under these specifications the resulting dimensions appear as fractions of an inch, such fractions shall be taken as the nearer inch. In the event of a fraction of one half inch, the whole inch greater shall be adopted.

Union Jacks: The size of the Jack shall be the size of the Union of the National Flag with which it is flown.

Number of Stars: All National Flags having hoist less than five (5) feet, except colors to be carried by troops, and the corresponding Jacks, shall have only thirteen (13) stars in the Union, in order that the identity of the stars may be plainly distinguishable.

Position and size of Stars: The position and size of each star for Unions of forty-eight (48) and thirteen (13) stars, respectively, shall be as indicated on blueprint of a plan which will be furnished to the Departments by the Navy Department. From this plan can be determined the location and size of stars for flags of any dimensions. Extra blueprints of this plan will be furnished upon application to the Navy Department.

Order effective: All National Flags and Union Jacks now on hand or for which contracts have been awarded shall be continued in use until unserviceable, but all those manufactured or purchased for Government use after July 4, 1912 shall conform strictly to the dimensions and proportions herein prescribed.

The color of the field of the President's Flag shall be blue.

Signature of William Howard Taft


June 24, 1912

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

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