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A shield shape. The top third is four white stars on a blue ground. the middle third is two clasped hands with "United States of America" underneath them. the bottom third is vertical red and white stripes.

Image made by an employee in the Marking and Labeling Office of the Mutual Security Agency, Eleanor Gault, in 1953. During her research, Gault discovered that "clasped hands" have been recognized as a sign of unity, goodwill, and cooperation for centuries and "could serve to identify the aid as part of the mutual effort with mutual benefits shared by our country and friends around the world." Courtesy of the U.S. Government [Public domain].