: This red felted wool service flag is embroidered with white stars in the lettering: "Over There" on a blue banner at the top. The center is a white embroidered rectangular panel measuring 17.5 by 28.5 cm, with a large blue star. The back is stamped:"Patented Momento 1917"
The In Service Flag (Blue Star Banner) was patented by an Ohioan, Colonel Robert L. Queisser of East Cleveland, Ohio, on 6 November 1917. Intended for display by families who have members serving in the Armed Forces, blue star banners are also displayed in shop windows to honor the members of that organization serving. Most flags were homemade by mothers, though they later became mass-produced. Upon death in service the blue star was replaced by a gold one, wounded soldiers were represented by silver. One of the most famous flags was that of the five Sullivan brothers who all perished on the U.S.S. Juneau. View on Ohio Memory.
: H60920_001 Subjects
: Textile--wool--flannel; Ceremonial artifact; Communication artifact; Military flags; Flags--Ohio; World War, 1914-1918; Blue Star Banner; Places
: Blue Star Banner, World War I