Magazine article The New Yorker

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Magazine article The New Yorker

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The flag is everywhere now: on lapels and roadside mailboxes, on bicycles and baby strollers, on hard hats and batting helmets, on taxis and cop cars and garbage trucks; in bodega and boutique windows, on bandannas around the necks of Labs and mutts; in festoons outside the window of a possible drug hangout on Douglass Street in Brooklyn; and, gleamingly, on the icing of a cake in the window of a bakery at 105th Street and Broadway. American-flag proliferation is defiant in harsh times like these, exuberant in victory, and brilliantly varietal in between. In a new album, "Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag" (Ten Speed Press), Old Glory can be found on poker chips and tin windup toys and Zippo lighters, on hockey uniforms (the N.H.L.'s bygone New York Americans), on political campaign buttons of every party and persuasion, and, above a swastika, on a pro-Nazi postcard prior to the Second World War. …

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