View Full Version : Confederate Flag Fad of 1951

11-21-2008, 06:24 PM
Google has opened a search feature for old Life Magazine photos. Great for you WW II buffs with many color photos of troops and gear.

They do have a collect of CW/WBTS photos most of us have seen before but I did find these collection of the Confederate Flag Fad of 1951 ..(click on the links)

Confederate 1864 battle flags displayed on car loaded w. Univ. of Maryland students giving evidence of the latest fad to hit the South.
Location: College Park, MD, US
Date taken: October 1951
Photographer: Mark Kauffman


31st Division Band displaying the Confederate flag.


Daughters of the Confederacy showing how the flag should be saluted.


"Clean Cut Kids" ;)


11-21-2008, 07:15 PM
Those are great. Thanks for sharing.

11-21-2008, 07:29 PM
I was born in 1952 and was around for the Centennial in 1961. Looks like CW/WBTS "fads" pop up every 10 years or some for various reasons. Gone With The Wind must have affected the late 1930s.

josie wales
11-21-2008, 08:26 PM
Many thanks for the great photos.....as a 1951 Confederate, these images are similar to my upbringing in the coalfields of Wise County, Virginia. As true rebs, we were nurtured to honor our ancestors and cultural diversity while respecting our "ten-feet away neighbor" in the next house. Our small town boasted a combination of WASP, Italian, Polish, Negro, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, hard-shell Baptist, snake handlers and a half dozen other flavors. It was not a big deal to flourish the colors.....Federal or Confederate. In fact, our house boasted one of only three flagpoles in the entire town.....the city hall being one, Mr. Quarterman, across town the second and our house the third.....it was a way of life to display the National colors. I took great pride as a Scout to assist my WWII Dad in the installation of our 18' flagpole in 1963......when Congress enacted the 30 day mourning period for our dear President Kennedy, we properly baselighted the US flag and flew nonstop for the period. The flag scenes depicted (and those of my youth) were a cross-section of the South in 1951 and not intended for the intense scrutiny that accompanies the 2000's......we were Americans and d**n proud of it. At my farm here in rural Virginia, I still display proudly the colors on a 33' flagpole firmly placed near the home.....a lesson from my upbringing and honored to this very hour. Thanks for the memories and boldness to post these great images from our American history.

11-21-2008, 08:59 PM
I liked the kepis.