Though the U.S. State Department stopped exports of American flags to Haiti, dealers there daily?
Though the U.S. State Department stopped exports of American flags to Haiti, dealers there daily find a ready market for them, since Haitians find this surplus material, purchased before the ban, bright and decorative. Washington imposed the ban to save the flag from further "degradation" - Americans hold the Stars and Stripes in high esteem, and to misuse it in any way is considered almost sacreligious.
In basaars and shops, "Old Glory" is on sale for a few pennies a yard. Haiti dealers bought it earlier this year from U.S. manufacturers with large stocks of the old-type Stars and Stripes - with not enough stars on them - following the elevation of Alaska and Hawaii to statehood.
This obsolete bunting has its uses in Port au Prince - as sunshades, dresses, pillow cases, school satchels, table cloths and bed sheets. Following America's ban, a British dealer wrote from London offering to supply Haiti with Union Jack bunting material - at 8 d. a yard for 31-inch widths.