# [Grovenet] It rained and the flag shrunk? no, really, its smaller, what happened.

Sun Nov 1 16:54:18 PST 2009

```Specifications
USflag.org is a good reference.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_the_United_States_specification.svg>

The basic design of the current flag is specified by 4
U.S.C.<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_4_of_the_United_States_Code>
§ 1 <http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/4/1.html>; 4
U.S.C.<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_4_of_the_United_States_Code>
§ 2 <http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/4/2.html> outlines the addition of
new stars to represent new states. The
specification<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_the_United_States_specification.jpg>gives
the following values:

- Hoist (width) of the flag: A = 1.0
- Fly (length) of the flag: B =
1.9[3]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States#cite_note-2>
- Hoist (width) of the Union: C = 0.5385 (A x 7/13, spanning seven
stripes)
- Fly (length) of the Union: D = 0.76 (B × 2/5, two fifths of the flag
length)
- E = F = 0.0538 (C/10, One tenth the height of the field of Stars)
- G = H = 0.0633 (D/12, One twelfth the width of the field of Stars)
- Diameter of star: K = 0.0616
- Width of stripe: L = 0.0769 (A/13, One thirteenth of the flag width)

These specifications are contained in an executive
order<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_order_%28United_States%29>which,
strictly speaking, governs only flags made for or by the U.S. federal
government.[4]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States#cite_note-3>In
practice, however, most U.S. national flags available for sale to the
public have a different length-to-width ratio; common sizes are 2 x 3 ft. or
4 x 6 ft. (flag ratio 1.5), 2.5 x 4 ft. or 5 x 8 ft. (1.6), or 3 x 5 ft. or
6 x 10 ft. (1.667). Even flags flown over the U.S. Capitol for sale to the
public through Representatives or Senators are provided in these
sizes.[5]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States#cite_note-4>Flags
that are made to the prescribed 1.9 ratio are often referred to as
"G-spec" (for "government specification") flags.

On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 4:50 PM, David Morelli <jo.david at verizon.net> wrote:

> Executive Order No. 10834
> August 24, 1959
>
> On Nov 1, 2009, at 4:42 PM, Allen Warren wrote:
>
> > Is there a federal requirement for the ratio?  If not, then
> > measuring it is wasted effort.
> >
> >
> > Allen Warren
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