CHICAGO (CBS) — A local flag company has begun work on the latest Stanley Cup championship banner for the Chicago Blackhawks.
WGN Flag & Decorating Co., based in the South Chicago neighborhood, has been making banners for the Blackhawks and Bulls since they played in the old Chicago Stadium.
“When they opened the United Center in , we redid all the banners for both the Bulls and Blackhawks, so they had the trophies on them. You know, made them up through the Bulls dynasty through the 90s, and now the Blackhawks dynasty of the 2000s,” said owner Carl “Gus” Porter III.
The business started in 1916, when Porter’s grandfather started making flags. Porter said technology has changed things a lot since then, but workers still sew the banners by hand, using patterns drawn by hand in the early 1990s.
“Every single aspect of those banners, every feather on the Blackhawks head, every detail, every letter, every piece is sewn on to fabric,” he said.