Monday, October 27, 2014

UPS brought me a present today!

UPS brought me a present today!  A beautifully made embroidered Gadsden flag, the famous yellow flag with the coiled serpent and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me” (listen up, Obamanation!).  I lofted it right underneath Old Glory just as fast as I could get it out of its package.  Just as I raised it, the wind picked up and unfurled both flags – almost as if the wind was trying to help.

The construction of this particular flag is impressive.  First, it's actually two flags stitched together back-to-back, so that the flag looks correct from both sides.  Second, each blob of black or white for the serpent, and the green grass the serpent sits on, is actually a piece of cloth cut out in the right shape, then stitched into place with an embroidered border – it looks practically indestructible.  Finally, the letters are entirely embroidered.  For the price ($25 including shipping) it's an amazing bargain.  I'd be willing to bet that the entire construction of the flag is automated: a computer-controlled laser to cut the cloth pieces, an industrial robot to place them on the yellow background, and a computer-controlled sewing machine to do the rest.  I can't imagine how else they could sell a product this nicely made for that price...

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