48 American Flags That Came Before Today's Stars and StripesKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan7/03/14 2:20pm1097EditPromoteGo to permalinkAh, Old Glory. A symbol of hard-won freedom that we honor by printing on $60 short shorts. It seems eternal, but it's actually gone through dozens of revisions over the years. Would your beer kozies and bikinis have looked better if we'd stuck with the Bedford Militia Men's flag of 1775? You be the judge.