We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I cannot find an image of the old Liberty and Property flag from the American Revolution, but it seems to have been flown often, and certainly in the town of Falls Village (part of Canaan, CT - not to be confused with the wealthy NYC suburb of New Canaan, CT).
The history of Falls Village with some info about the flag here.
Falls Village is still quaint, rustic, and desirable because its grand plans for industrialization failed.
I am reminded that Jefferson's first draft said "life, liberty, and the pursuit of property," but that it was changed in later drafts to the more general but hopelessly vague "Happiness."
The dam on ye olde Housatonic River in Falls Village (not my photo):
As a Revolutionary War reenactor who lives in the village of Canaan, the old North Precinct before the two Canaans divided int he 1850s, I've been thinking that this flag would be worthy of reporduction. As I have no liberty pole 78 feet high to handle a 15 foot scarlet flag, I'm inclined to sew one as a militia standard. A lightweight scarlet wool with white capitals is probably the most appropriate material.
I've been thinking a lot about this flag, being a Canaanite with a strong interest in both local and Revolutionary War history. Both Canaan/Falls Village and North Canaan were then one township with two parishes that later divided. I'm not sure in which of these communities was located "The Sign of the Brazen Ball" referenced in the article, but the Lawrence Tavern where the pole raisers adjourned for refreshment was in the northern section and still stands today. As for the timing of the flag raising, the so called Coercive Acts that closed the Port of Boston also revoked the Colonial charter of Massachusetts. This action was perceived as the greatest threat to private property rights, for it called home rule into question at every level, including deeds to land. This more than any other action by the Crown leading up to the Revolution spurred coordinated action in common cause across community and provincial boundaries, leading to the formation of revolutionary Committees of Safety and of Correspondence at the local level and the 1st Continental Congress.