On this day, May 18, 1860, Abraham Lincoln is nominated by the Republican Party as their candidate for the presidency.
This Lincoln/Hamlin campaign flag comes from our Lincoln Collection. "Why are the stars in the upper right?"
Answer courtesy: http://www.jeffbridgman.com/html/antiqueflags.htm
According to modern flag ethics and the U.S. Flag Code, the canton of an American national flag should always be displayed in the upper left. During the 19th century, however, the same flag ethics that we have today did not exist, so this seemingly backwards positioning was just as acceptable. For this and other reasons, backwards mounts are very much acceptable amoug the collectors of antique flags.
A backwards display of an antique Stars & Stripes is sometimes necessary because:
(a) Some flags were one-sided, particularly in the case of homemade examples.
(b) Some flags have lettering and/or images in the canton or stripes that are only visible on one side.
(c) Some flags are stronger or more visually interesting on the then they are on the obverse.