The Daily Flag has built up a nice stock of "flag" photos, and there are certain flag photos that I have used more than once, but I have never used this one again since the first time I showed it to you.
Alex Richman took a great photo a few weeks ago, while he was walking the sidewalks in Bay Ridge, New York. It is content-rich, and I want you to go to Alex’s Flickr page and examine at the photo at the 3872 x 2592 pixel size. It is a feast for the eyes, and a total delight.
What I love about this photo, is that the hardware store owner has a flag for everyone, even tiny flag pins. The printed 3’x5′ flag is priced at $7.50. The least expensive little 4"x6" flag is 50c, and the "better" 4"x6" flag is 75c. I am absolutely certain that these flags are imported, and I’m not upset about it. Maybe the store owner is imported, too.
Flags Bay is my business, and I stock one of the finest American-made flags in the country. But I don’t object to imported flags, because I want everyone to have an American flag, and I believe in free trade. If some youngster spends $7.50 for a 3’x5′ flag to hang in his room now, then I have every confidence and expectation that someday he will buy an American-made flag … maybe from Flags Bay.
From just outside of Rockefeller Center in New York City, a view of the building where the Nintendo World store is located (where there are still lines for Wii Fit … ).
Look at the size of these flags! I bet they are 15ft x 25ft, at least. I love flags mounted like this, on the sides of buildings. It’s a fine old custom in large cities with big buildings, and a beautiful way to fly the Stars and Stripes.
Alex spent a day in Long Beach, a lovely small town on a barrier island that hugs the south shore of Long Island in the state of New York. It looks like a great place to live.
The game on the beach this day was Beach Tennis. Played with a slightly decompressed tennis ball and tennis rackets, the players use a beach volleyball court and net. I don’t know how it’s scored, but you have to hit the ball before it hits the ground—because it won’t bounce on sand!
Look at this great shot of tiny flags—I count three—attached to a push scooter. Makes me want a scooter of my own, but where I live is all hills, and they are steep. I’d crash before I got to the bottom!
Sidewalk Photographer Alex Richman and the intrepid Mrs. Richman covered a lot of ground (more than six miles on foot) in Washington D.C. during the last weekend of July.
One of the photographs he took (shown below) was of the Lunar Module #2-Apollo, which was never used on a lunar mission. Now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, it is a stunning exhibit (and no doubt one of the more expensive ones—but less expensive I suppose, than an entire moon mission). (Click into the photo icons for larger images.)
Alex’s photo reminded me of a previous Daily Flag article and my subsequent search for photos of the Eagle Lunar Module, used in the the first moon landing. I had concluded that the first flag on the moon surely was mounted on the Eagle L.M. I spent several hours searching for photos then, but came up empty-handed. I think I was searching using the words Eagle lander instead of lunar module, and I was in the Library of Congress web site instead of the Smithsonian.
But thanks to Alex, my interest in the Eagle L.M. was renewed, and he pointed me in the right direction.
And this time I found what I was looking for.
Earth, Moon and Eagle lunar module perfectly captured in one frame by astronaut Michael Collins.
In this photo, the flag is hard to see, but it is to the right, and about even with Buzz Aldrin’s helmet.
Three flags are shown in this photo: the one on the lunar module—visible just to the right and slightly above the astronaut’s helmet. The second flag is on the astronaut’s life-pack (I don’t know the proper name for it), and the third flag—one of the most famous in the world—the one Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin "planted" on the moon.
So now I know what the first flag on the moon was, and so do you—for next time this question comes up on a trivia game!
Sidewalk Photographer Alex Richman of Brooklyn, N.Y. was out and about a few weekends ago, and found some red, white, and blue that seemed to follow a theme … wheels! For those of you who don’t live in big cities, the center photo was taken on a train!
Neat and tidy, color-coordinated, and symmetrical. I understand precisely.
A pretty example of American folk art, with a flag-enhanced eagle guarding a colorful display of dolls.
Have you ever lived with ducks or geese in the yard? They are seriously effective sentinels (I can testify with authority), but I think this duo are the strong silent type.
Alex Richman was in Philadelphia for Independence Day, and took in a baseball game at the beautiful Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies. What a perfect way to spend the day, because I love baseball. And what a great city to be in when the Fourth of July rolls around! Here are some of Alex’s photos.
Red, white, and blue flagging strung across a street in Philadelphia. What? You can’t read Chinese?
What’s a ballgame without a pretty girl? She’s wearing a Phillies shirt and if you look closely at the stands, there are a lot of people wearing Phillies shirts.
Pre-game preparations at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, home of the Phillies.
Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004, has the largest LED board in major league baseball. I think that’s Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin in the image.
It was a salute to Veterans at the ballpark on Independence Day, and the fans are on their feet and many are already saluting the flag—and the color guard is still moving onto the field. What a glorious sight it must have been, to see all those state flags with the Stars and Stripes!
I found a recurring theme in the photos that Sidewalk Photographer Alex Richman sent to me this week. At Coney Island, he photographed the American flag on the giant Wonder Wheel in the amusement park. Closer to home, there was a street festival in his own neighborhood, where he found a much smaller wheel—a pinwheel—that was sporting the colors. I hope he bought one.
See the Alex Richman Photography portfolio here.
Sidewalk Photographer Alex Richman, who normally roams his Brooklyn neighborhood looking for interesting things to photograph—especially the American flag—recently took his feet to Puerto Rico for a short vacation.
While in Puerto Rico, Alex visited the big island’s most famous location, Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, or Fort San Felipe del Morro, which lies on the the northwestern point of of San Juan. The citadel was designed to protect the entrance to San Juan bay, and defend the city from seaborne enemies.
Named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1983, the fort is part of San Juan National Historic Site. Over two million visitors a year explore the windswept ramparts and passageways making the fort one of Puerto Rico’s main visitor attractions.
This photo by Alex shows the Cross of Burgundy Flag (left), used by Spain as a naval ensign from 1506 to 1701, and up to 1843 as the land battle flag, and it is still used on uniforms, badges and patches.
For more of Alex Richman’s photos from Puerto Rico, and other colorful images, see Sidewalk Photography.