Some years ago my mother gave me a flag that had flown from a pole over a small island off the Gulf Coast of Central Florida. The island was called Footprint because from the air, it resembled a footprint. My grandmother owned that island for many years and we spent many a summer vacation and even Christmas holidays there from time to time...
Photo: Granmolie feeding raccoon on her front steps - Footprint Island. Their names were Little Mama and Big George.
Some people go through the woods and over the hills to grandma's house but we had to go over a small wooden bridge when the tide was low to visit her island and sit by her hearth.
You couldn't see her house from the 'mainland' but you could see that flag flying!
The flag was spotted from age and weather, but still in good shape - no frayed edges, no worn spots. I've had it wrapped in a sheet, stored in a closet for many years.
I recently took it to a local dry cleaners in Hilo to see what could be done and they mentioned that although they could clean some of the spots, most of the staining would probably not clean away.
I picked it up and it was almost like new...there are still a few little spots, but hardly visible...and the bonus....
They did not charge to clean the flag!
Now Granmolie's flag is housed in a flag case and displayed in my newly 'cleaned and getting organized ' office!