The latest issue of Port magazine has the most wonderful photo feature on the Annin Flagmakers flag factory in South Boston, Virginia. Founded in 1847, the 186,000 square foot factory has been family-owned for six generations and is one of three factories in the U.S. What I love about Christopher Payne’s photography is how he captures the vastness of the flag-making operation as well as the small details like the ink splatters from the screen-printing machine.
Below: this flag is reinforced with six rows of high stretch lock stitching to reduce fraying on the flag’s fly end when it’s blowing in the wind…
This machine uses heat to remove creases from a Kenyan flag prior to cutting
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Annin Flagmakers factory by Christopher Payne/Port magazine
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