Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

 

FAQ: Why don’t they put the rest of the President’s pictures in that flag?

The flag in the Treasures exhibit was made in Kansas City in 1917. It was displayed at rallies and bond selling events during World War I and originally contained pictures of all the presidents through Woodrow Wilson. After World War I, pictures of the presidents were added to the flag up through Dwight D. Eisenhower’s term of office, at which time the flag was presented to the Truman Library. Materials received by the Library are preserved "as is" or are restored to their original condition, in the event restoration efforts are required. Consequently, it would not be appropriate for the Library to make additions to the flag to change it from the form in which it was received.