Though the U.S. State Department stopped exports of American flags to Haiti, dealers there daily?
SCU PAN..Pile of U.S. flags in market place.
CU Woman takes flag.
CU Flags worked into tablecloth.
SV Flag used as handbag.
SV (TWO SHOTS) flag used as bag, and carried on man's head.
SV Flag used as sun canopy.
SV Flag for tablecloth.
SV Flag used as dust cover.
SV Flag as dress.
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Background: 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.