Blue Star Banner, World War I   Save
Ohio History Connection Museum
Description: This Blue Star banner was donated by Miss Augusta Panhorst of Marietta, Ohio in 1969. It has a red border, a white field with one blue star appliqued on it. It was hemmed by hand. It is a rectangular flag, measuring 45.5 by 35.5 cm. 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. Miss Augusta Panhorst of Marietta, Ohio, donated this item in 1969. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: H75179_001
Subjects: Textile--wool; Ceremonial artifact; Communication artifact; Military flags; Flags--Ohio; World War, 1914-1918; Blue Star Banner;
Places: Marietta (Ohio); Washington County (Ohio)