Official Alaska State/Territorial Flag 1927- Present
This Alaska Flag design was adopted by the Alaska Territory Legislature on May 2nd, 1927, and then officially adopted by the state legislature in 1959 after Alaska gained statehood. The artwork consists of a dark blue field with eight golden stars in the formation of the Big Dipper and Polaris (the north star). The flag design was chosen from over 700 different submissions to a contest for school children between the ages of 12 – 18 sponsored by the Alaska Department of the American Legion in order to create a flag for the territory. Only the United States flag had been flown in the territory since 1867 when the United States purchased the territory from Russia. 13-year-old Benny Benson was the winner of the contest. The Blue background is meant to represent the sky and the forget-me-not which was later to become Alaska’s official state flower. The north star was for the future state of Alaska and the northernmost in the union while the dipper represents the bear which is a symbol of strength. Benny Benson was awarded a gold watch with the flag design engraved on it and $1000 as a prize for winning the contest.
Every State in the US has at least one nickname, but Alaska has twelve. The most common being The Last Frontier, but Alaska is also known as The Land of the Midnight Sun, Seward’s Folly, Seward’s Icebox, The Great Land, Russian America, The Sourdough State, The North Star State, 49th State, Territory of Baranov, The Mainland, and Up Over.
Printed polyester Alaska State flag. The material is very lightweight and will fly nicely in light breezes. The artwork is visible from both sides of the flag.
- One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
- Very lightweight printed polyester that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze.
- Bright colors
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Reinforced header with brass grommets
- Flag size: 3′ x 5′