Ajaigarh, until 1948
Nepal’s double pennant is an oddity nowadays, but quite a few of the old Indian princely states had non-rectangular flags. Ajaigarh’s flag had Hanuman on the top pennant and a sun (sometimes inscribed with he Raja’s initials) on the bottom pennant. The flag was also double-sided: The reverse had a flower and a crescent moon on the bottom and nothing on top.
Western Australia Police, since 2005
This is a really cool design made by a local high schooler. It combines the swan from the Western Australian flag with the blue and white checkerboard pattern used by police in Australia. On top of the swan is the police force’s badge, which also features a swan. Swans within swans.
(designer: Anne Cobai)
Crimean Tatars, since 1917
The symbol on this flag is the taraq tamğa of the Giray dynasty, which ruled the Crimean Khanate for its whole three and a half centuries of existence. The flag was reconfirmed by the Crimean Tatar Qurutay in 1991.
Two seamstresses sewing the Afghan flag in February 1928.
This is the first photo I’ve ever seen of the 1919-1928 flag and man is it a beaut.
An unofficial Welsh flag from the early 20th century.
Crimea (proposed), 1992
You might have seen the flag of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the news recently. If you’re wondering why the central stripe is so large, I think it’s because the original proposal had the Crimean coat of arms in the centre. The griffin symbol was used by the ancient Greek colonies on the Crimean peninsula.
(designers: V. Trusov and A. Malgin)
Illustration for Wirtschaftswoche, not only the usual suspects are burning EU money, a closer look at Germany’s EU sins. Art direction by Holger Windfuhr.
The BBC has an excellent rundown of some of the flags being flown in Ukraine right now.
Photo: Joao Rei