This First Maine Flag is made by Maine Stitching Specialties, makers of American Flags, State Flags and Textile Goods. They also make medical supplies including Hospital Cubicle Curtains and Face Masks.
Maine had no flag for its first 81 years of life as a state. We aren’t sure how it survived so long without one, but in 1901 the legislature got the right idea and adopted its first.
Without diving deep into the reasons why, flag enthusiasts and designers agree that it was a good flag. The background was buff colored, an unusual but distinctive choice. It featured the great pine tree in its proper color green and near the upper hoist corner was the North Star in blue.
Only two or three of the originals exist today and luckily one of them is at home here in Maine in the dutiful hands of prominent vexillologist, David Martucci. In both 1990 and 1992, Mr. Martucci advocated for proposed legislation to revert to the 1901 flag, arguing that it was a simpler, more representative design of Maine as the “Pine Tree State” and was unlike any other current US State flag. Both times the proposal unfortunately failed. This effort deserves more attention and the timing could not be better. In 2020, Maine will celebrate its bicentennial. We want to demonstrate our pride of our great state with a great flag.
Mainers don’t often bother with the official flag and it rarely appears on merchandise because of that. Yet versions of this flag are already flying around the state and gaining in popularity. Finally a symbol we can all be proud of is available once again.
The Maine Stitching Specialties factory is located in Skowhegan, Maine and has been in local operation for over thirty years. It has operated as Maine Stitching Specialties since 2014, and today it is one of the largest manufacturing businesses in town. Their products are made locally with great care and attention to detail for consumers and commercial clients.
Our premium quality flags, accessories, and healthcare and hospitality textile goods continue to keep the Made in America brand growing strong, here in the heart of Maine.