Also, there seems to be an assumption that Philadelphians cared about this item or their history in general in the 1920's or earlier. If that were true the house that Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence or the President's House wouldn't have been torn down. I wonder if those were news worthy?
In the 1920's how would a reporter sell this historic flagpole story to an editor? And would readers want to read it? And would the story have been over-shadowed by other stories that day for space in the paper.
The image of the Ben Franklin Br. with a flagpole with something on top of it in 1926 is the most intriguing possibility of what could have happened to the flagpole. If this were the same flagpole it would have only been moved a few blocks from it's original location. When the bridge was opened there must have been newspapers describing the event and location.