"Most importantly, we feel there's a rise in patriotism," said Jodi Goglio, chief operating officer at Eder, a company that has been making flags for more than a century and dates to 1887 when the Eder family started a business making pillows, felt pennants, rag dolls and hunting jackets.
For many flag companies, sales soared following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Eder made the flag that firefighters grabbed from a yacht and raised at New York's ground zero on Sept. 11, a scene immortalized in a now iconic photo.
In the week following the attacks, Eder sold more than 3 million flag-related items — mostly flags but also things like flag lapel buttons. People stood in line for hours to buy a flag, and the company worked day and night to meet the demand.
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"It was all hands on deck. Everyone pitched in wherever there was a need," Goglio recalled.
The original flag in the Sept. 11 photo has been lost, and documentary filmmakers have spent years trying to track it down.
Flag sales drooped in the recession, partly from a drop in construction of new buildings and reductions in spending at many levels.