39 star "unofficial" North Dakota and South Dakota statehood flag. Having 39-stars in its field this silk flag was issued at the time of North Dakota's admission to the union on November 2, 1889. As South Dakota was also admitted as the 40th State on the same day, this flag became instantly obsolete. During this time period when new flags were commissioned to keep up with the new states, upon the 39th State to enter into the Union, three other states were admitted as well. New flags only came out every July 4th, therefore, there was no "official" American flag in 1889 made with 39 stars. This "unofficial" American flag was likely a display flag used at political rallies and parades during the time used in celebration. 23 1/2" x 15".
PERIOD: Late 19th Century
ORIGIN: Unknown, United States
SIZE: 23 1/2" x 15" frame 24" x 37"