Harris & Ewing. Catt, Mrs. Carrie Chapman. With Flags of 22 Nations. 1917 (Library of Congress LC-DIG-hec-08297)
Okay now this is totally fucking rad.
On one of my regular trawls through the Library of Congress (as part of my real job) I stumbled across this photo of the women’s suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt standing next to a collection of flags. That’s kind of cool in its own right, but there are two specific flags in there that make it even cooler: The flag of the Konbaung Dynasty of Burma (second row, second from the right), and the Falcon flag of Iceland (top row, third from the right).
Now I’ve seen drawings and descriptions of both of these flags, but I have never seen real photographs of them. I’m pretty sure all the images online are reconstructions based on second-hand sources. These are actual photographs! How cool is that?
Also on display in this image: A British South Africa Company ensign, A British Indian ensign, the United Tribes of New Zealand flag (or something like it), an early version of the flag of Wales, the 1868-1921 Canadian red ensign, what I think might be the 1871-1918 civil flag of Oldenburg, an Irish patriotic flag, the 48-star United States flag, and a dozen more.
Seriously this is such an awesome image. I can’t even DEAL.