• Short Summary

    Though the U.S. State Department stopped exports of American flags to Haiti, dealers there daily?

  • Description

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA39J7CK0DP9Z5FYGMLJA187X11
    Media URN:
    VLVA39J7CK0DP9Z5FYGMLJA187X11
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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