By all accounts, Michigan has a terrible flag. A seal, a generic blue background, lots of text (though the Latin does [circum]spice it up a little). But leave it to the folks at City Bird to find a way to make it a little more appealing.
Next time you’re in Midtown Detroit and looking for a ‘pleasant postcard’, look around you.
"Circumspice". Good grief.
Colunga, since 2012
Nothing to say about this flag except that I like it. Spanish municipalities killing it lately on the vexillology front.
The American flag is a powerful symbol of freedom and independence for many activist groups who wish to claim full rights as citizens . This commercially marketed lap blanket was altered by hand to include the universal access symbol made up of stitched stars. It was sewn by disability-rights advocates affiliated with ADAPT, which stands for the American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today. ADAPT was founded in 1983 in Denver.
The disability rights movement emerged after World War II as people with disabilities formed communities first through rehabilitation hospitals and special, segregated schools, then through independent living centers and later over the Internet. In comparing experiences of oppression and discrimination, people joined forces and became politically active. This lap blanket vividly conveys the message that civil rights belong to all.
Eureka Rebellion, 1854
In 1854, disgruntled gold miners in Ballarat raised what would eventually become known as the Eureka flag. There had been other flags with the Southern Cross before, but I believe this was the first that featured just the cross with no Union Jack. The rebellion was put down when the government stormed the blockade on 3 December 1854.
In the nearly 160 years since then, the flag has taken on some pretty ugly connotations. At first it was just a nationalist symbol, one especially favoured by unions and the political left, but in recent decades it’s been adopted by opponents of immigration, white supremacists, and neo-nazis.
(designer: Henry Ross)
The coat of arms of Leipzig combines the arms of two of its medieval rulers, the Margrave of Meissen on the left and the Margrave of Landsberg on the right. The three largest cities in Saxony all have variations on this design. Dresden’s used to be identical, but at some point the blue bars were changed to black. Chemnitz has the lion on the right instead of the left.
2 Live Crew and flag
As far as Japanese flags go, Onomichi’s is pretty atypical. The city emblem on it is just a pair of horizontal bars, and rather than just being centred, they’re extended all the way to the edges of the flag. The emblem is from 1898, but I don’t know when the flag was adopted.
Pittsburgh and Philly have some of the oldest city flags in America, and both of them also have designated ensigns for use by riverboats. The Philadelphia version has the city’s full coat of arms, while the Pittsburgh version just has the castle from the crest.
Pittsburgh’s flag is clearly a copy of Philadelphia’s template, but it’s interesting that no other American cities saw the need to have an ensign. I guess it’s a Pennsylvania thing.
(designer: Henry Christopher McCook [Philadelphia])
Flags of 9. Frisia, 10. Bohemia, 11. Litefamia, 12. Poland
Book of the Knowledge of All the Kingdoms, Lordships and Lands That Are in the World
Marcos Jiménez de la Espada, ed.
London: The Hakluyt Society, 1912.
From this pretty amazing 14-century book. A word of warning though: the further out it gets from Western Europe, the more fanciful the banners get.
Ambrym, c. 1983
In 1994, Vanuatu’s 11 island councils merged into six new provinces. One of the old councils had been for Ambrym, a volcanic island in the centre of the country. The council flag had three plumes of smoke in the colours of the national flag. In the lower left corner was a boar’s tusk, a popular symbol on Vanuatu. Tusks were traditionally worn as pendants throughout the islands, and can be found on the national flag, the coat of arms, and several other provincial flags. Here they symbolized the unity of the island. The three stars above stood for the three local districts.
The Albanian Declaration of Independence was 101 years ago today, on 28 November 1912. The two-headed eagle didn’t take on its current form until 1929, and until 1914 it was usually topped with a white star.