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Title Letter to Mr. Galphin from Gilbert Grosvenor
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content National Geographic Magazine
Washington, D. C.

June 9, 1939

Mr. W. N. Galphin

My dear Mr. Galphin:
The National Geographic Society has not investigated the history of the Mexican Flag prior to 1821, the year in which Mexico won her independence. If you consult the 1917 Geographic on "Mexico's First Flag," you will find the 1821 date given on page 360.

We have consulted a number of histories and books on flags for you without finding any reference to the flag probably carried by Aury. Since we have not found a statement which would imply that the First Mexican Flag was used prior to 1821, it seems unlikely that this flag was the one which was raised over Fernandina in 1817.

I regret that it is impossible for The Society to undertake the research necessary to establish the design used by Aury. I believe, however, that if you will write to the National Museum of Mexico, Mexico, D.F., you can get assistance on this project. If senor Louis Castillo Ledon is still associated with the Museum, he might be especially helpful. He has recently helped an American author, Mrs. Mamie Wynne Cox, find information on the Mexican flags used in Texas, and so he would be familiar with the complicated field of flag research.

Hoping that this suggestion will prove valuable, I am

Very truly yours,
Gilbert Grosvenor
Catalog Number 1990.049.018
Collection AIMH
Accession number 1990.049
Caption Letter to Mr. Galphin from Gilbert Grosvenor
Number of images 1
People Grosvenor, Gilbert
Galphin, W. N.
Castillo Ledon, Louis
Aury, Luis
Subjects Flags--Mexican