Liberty Bell and Stars and Stripes
Submitted by Patricia Doverspike Lamb
Photo from a 1913 postcard.
First Stars and Stripes of the United Colonies and the Liberty Bell of Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The flag was unfurled at the same time the bell was rung during the official reading of the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the courthouse at Easton, Pa., on July 8, 1776.
The card reads, "The bell still hangs in the belfry of the Courthouse, where it has pealed forth the calls of patriotism and the summons of justice for 159 years, a unique record."
The card also states that the flag, one of the oldest designs of the United Colonies, was later carried in the War of 1812 by Capt. Abraham Horn's Company of Easton.
And that the flag "has been in the keeping of the Easton Public Library since 1821."
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