shoe ribbons

Above is a little colorful DYI detail I saw in the subway recently.  American, French, or British?  All of the above?  I've been trying to get to the bottom of where U.S.A. flag colors come from.  I've heard French even though it would seem that it was British.  But there in lies the historical trivia.  The French got the colors from the British, their founding fathers in an ironic twist took their colors from the French as a way to separate themselves from the British they were gaining their independence from.

My resources or from an online PDF book report, of a book I clearly need to read, but haven't yet,  that is clearly written and one of my favorite books to date, Blue The History of a Color, by Michel Pastoureau.

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