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
Fly your flag high NOLA.
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA.
Michael Creese, Irish Shamrock (2009), oil on canvas.
Bulgarian Navy, 1949-1955
The Kingdom of Bulgaria’s naval ensign had a crowned lion in the top left corner. The communists removed the crown of course, and they added a big red star while they were at it. It kind of ended up balancing out the design actually. Before 1946, the canton just kind of hung over the green stripe in a really weird way.