1. Budapest, 1873 proposal

    Up until 2011, Budapest’s flag was a red-yellow-blue tricolour. But apparently the original idea was to have a second tricolour inside that tricolour. I shudder to imagine how deep this tricolour rabbit hole might have eventually gone.

    (designer: Lajos Friedrich)

  2. I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand what gets uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. This one is just called “Child_drawing_of_pakistani_flag.gif” Cute, but not necessarily encyclopedic.

  3. South Africa, 1994 project

    The BBC recently ran a profile of Fred Brownell, the designer of the South African flag. The article includes a wonderful series of illustrations showing the evolution of the flag. The image above was his first idea. The three-legged Y was supposed to represent the ideas of convergence and unification, and the colours had no particular significance. But Brownell quickly realized that red, white and blue, were very much associated with European and colonial history, and added African black and gold to balance them out. 

    Brownell comes off as quite proud of his creation, and rightly so. It’s one of the most successful flag designs in history, and for my money it’s the most beautiful flag in the world today.

    (designer: Frederick Brownell)

  4. libraryofva:

    Recent Acquisition - Postcard Collection

    Reece Family Photograph Collection.  World War I postcard.
    "You’re Worth Fighting For"


  5. Decent flag design, gross idea. More info here.

  6. Guinea-Bissau Armed Forces

    Man, once you take away those yellow and green stripes, the flag of Guinea-Bissau flag looks a whole lot more sinister.

  7. From Maritime Flags of All Nations by Alphonso Figsbee (1856)

    (Source: openlibrary.org)

  8. Balochistan

    Is it me or is that camel very precariously positioned?

  9. (Source: beneaththepool)

  10. Swedish-Danish Icebreaker Service

    Around World War II, Sweden and Denmark teamed up to form a Scandinavian icebreaking dream team. Their ships flew this triangular pennant made up of both their national colours. Much like the ice they once cleared, the two countries have since broken up.

  11. craftjunkie:

    Ribbon Flag {Tutorial}

    Found at: thinkcrafts

  12. Colombian Air Force, ensign

    Bet you can’t guess Colombia’s national colours.

  13. Okay does anyone have any idea what two flags these are supposed to be? They’re obviously not the Flemish and Walloon flags we’re familiar with.

  14. Russia, 1858-1883

    It’s hard to imagine (non-communist) Russia using anything but the current flag, but they actually had quite a different one for a while there in the 18th century. The black and gold colours came from their coat of arms, and the white stripe was added to distinguish it from what was then the flag of Austria. The flag was designed under German influence and never really caught on with the Russian public.

    The old tricolour (often called the “Tsarist” or “Romanov” flag) is probably way more popular now than it ever was back in its heyday. Hardline radicals and nationalists have embraced it as some kind of symbol of Russia’s glorious past or something. There’s even a proposal to restore the flag to its former status as the national flag. Probably won’t go anywhere, but it’s certainly a sign of the times.

  15. creese:

    Michael Creese, Arizona (2014), oil on canvas.