FOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT U. S. STATES’ FLAGS

State Flag QuitAfter studying the fifty U.S. state flags for some time, you begin to notice a few that don’t seem to fit in with the more average–and duller– designs. When the very ordinary ones are assembled, like a quilt, twenty-five of them look like this. Like 25 peas in apod–if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen practically all of them.

The first things you note are the flags that stand out because of their attractive designs, like the ones we have pointed out before, e.g., New Mexico, Texas, Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and a few others. However, others are noticed because of designs and symbols that each implies or sometimes curiously overstates.

These could be useful as subjects for a “50-state Flag Trivia” series of questions.

For Example:

1.) What U.S. State flag acknowledges another nation, which figured in the U.S. territory’s early history, and includes the image of the first nation’s flag in its flag design?

ANSWER: Hawaii’s flag. The British Union Jack is in the canton area of their flag.Hawaii (Interesting bit–King Kamehameha had the design made for this flag. And there is the untidy relationship between the British and the islanders—Britain’s famous Captain Cook was killed by cannibals on the Main Island.)

2.) What U.S. State’s flag is really NOT a flag in the almost universally accepted form of a flag?

ANSWER: That would be Ohio, whose flag is actually called aOhio “burgee.” It is a swallow-tailed shape. Seems more like a banner suitable for flying at a yacht club or on a boat. But it has been Ohio’s flag for a long time; and it IS fairly attractive, otherwise.

3.) What U.S. state’s flag has front and back (obverse and reverse) sides? (This question was asked of a contestant on a recent TV game show–the player failed to come up with a correct answer.)

ANSWER: The state is Oregon. The obverse displays the state’sOregon front seal and the name of the state in large letters, both details in gold on blue. But, on the reverse side, installed in the center of the blue field is the state’s official animal mascot, also in gold, a peevish-looking beaver. ( Some others of theOregon reverse earliest state flags began with two sides to their original designs–Minnesota’s did. But Oregon’s is still alive and well today.)

4.) What U.S. state’s flag is unique for a couple of reasons—It is the only flag that has a field that is green instead of the usual blue (or white); AND it is the only flag with a portrait head of an historical personage as center to its design?

ANSWER: If you said Washington state, you are correct.Washington Centered in a circular frame in the field of green is the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, after whom the state is named, of course.

We don’t know what you may do with this, your newfound knowledge of U.S. flags, but just be ready—it could come in handy at impressing someone else.

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~ by marcstratton on 5 September 2007.

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