Americana, until 1998
Brazil is home to a small population of Confederados, descendants of Confederates who fled to Brazil in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Most of the immigrants settled in the neighbouring cities of Americana and Santa Bárbara d’Oeste, in the state of São Paulo.
Americana’s former flag and coat of arms were inspired by the Confederate Battle Flag. The symbol was removed in 1998, not for any political reason (it’s not as controversial down there), but rather because the Confederados now only make up 10% of the city’s population.
Roraima, since 1996
Roraima’s flag is mostly standard stuff: blue for the sky, white for peace, green for forests, and yellow for natural resources. But that thin red line at the bottom is the Equator. And not just that, its position on the flag matches where it passes through the state. Now that’s the kind of nerdy detail I can get behind.
Construction sheet for the flag of Brazil.
A few years after the Portuguese royal family fled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was elevated to the rank of kingdom within a United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves. The Kingdom of Brazil had its own flag, a gold armillary sphere on a blue field. That same armillary sphere was added to the new union flag.
I’m tempted to start a specialty tumblr devoted solely to gauchos with flags. (All photos by Eduardo Amorim)
Modern rendition of the flag and coat of arms of the short-lived Riograndense Republic (also known as the Piratini Republic), a breakaway state formed during the early days of the Empire of Brazil in the nineteenth century. The nation, which roughly encompassed the territory now comprising the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, existed from 1836 to 1845.
some pictures of candy giants carved the colors of the world on the Croisette in Cannes
Moscow-based graphic designer, Kirill Zaystev experiments with visual forms of national flags, taking the colours and combining them with typography and copy depicting the verbal stereotypes of each country. Some of them are hilarious and…um so true.