Weathered and pitted with history the reclaimed wood of the the disappearing Midwest barn is the inspiration and the canvas for Marie Roth’s hand painted tributes to Old Glory. Each American flag comes with a short bio of the barn where the wood originated and story of the flag design. From the Betsy Ross to the 50 star, each flag is truly a unique embodiment of history.
This was never an Official Flag of the United States. Indeed, the circle of 13 white stars in a field of blue is a flag that was most likely quite unfamiliar to most colonists. Only one contemporary record of a “wreath” of stars exists in the background of a portrait of George Washington (by Charles Wilson Peale).
This flag is painted on siding from a barn built in Racine County, WI c. 1877 probably by Herman Frank. Frank was a German immigrant who began farming on the East Coast but was attracted to the rich soil of the Midwest and the liberal constitution of WI that allowed immigrants the right to vote. After two generations, this farm was purchased by the Henkel’s. The Guckenberger’s lived on the farm next door and two of their children married. It was their intention to stay in Racine and continue to farm. Mr. Guckenberger’s Dad convinced them that farming was a perilous life with financial disaster looming at every harvest. So, young Mr. Guckenberger and his new wife (and eventually their children) spent the next 30 years in the US Air Force traveling the world on its orders. But, like George Washington, Mr. Guckenberger served his country well but always wanted to go home to farm. When his Dad passed away, he divided the estate with his brother and became a farmer. They also inherited the Hinkel Farm and now raise corn and soy on the joined properties.
|Dimensions||12 x 12 x 12 in|