FOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT U. S. STATES’ FLAGS

•5 September 2007 • Leave a Comment

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? Continue reading ‘FOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT U. S. STATES’ FLAGS’

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Flags Do Change

•15 August 2007 • Leave a Comment

Taking on a campaign to influence the powers that be to investigate the idea of redesigning national flags is a formidable challenge. But, in the end, to finally achieve the triumph that had been set forth makes a country proud of its new flag and what its new symbolism comes to mean to all its citizens.

We in the USA have had changes in our flag since we fought the Revolutionary War—from 1776 until today. Our flag has been changed every time that new states were added to the Union. As recently as 1959 our flag was changed to recognize the admission of Alaska, and then Hawaii, to statehood. It is true that when stars were added to the blue of the canton, no one considered these major changes; we expected the star additions.

But Canada, from the same early days, was claimed by Britain, held as part of the U.K. Commonwealth, and still is. The United Kingdom’s territories, as such, are not as large as in earlier times. Many have demanded their own nationhood and freedom from the English crown. Canada had long lived under the flag, which was marked in the canton by the British Union Jack with a shield in lower right position–signifying four royal houses, England, Scotland, Ireland, and France—with red maple leaves at the baseCanadian flag before 1965 of the shield, all on a field of red. (Incidentally, maple leaves had been shown as green until 1957.) This flag was known as the British Red Ensign. Continue reading ‘Flags Do Change’

Concept/Create

•12 June 2007 • Leave a Comment

A guy said, when looking at my newMNflag-design promotion card, “Do you mean your new second design or a new design toanatomy of a flag replace the 1893 Minnesota flag?” I said, “Both, really.”

The earlier design effort didn’t convince many and the pattern layout now seems less suitable than the new one. Then, too, it became tiresome explaining that this old design of mine seemed much like the ideas for flags that others were promoting. So my first attempt was retired to become a¬† personal flag. New Minnesota Flag, as a blog title, is the current proposal to change the old state flag. Continue reading ‘Concept/Create’

What to Fly?

•1 May 2007 • Leave a Comment

The flag pole at our place is about seventy-five yards from the country road that goes past. It is visible from the road to a point where our lane makes a bend. I remember that we made it from replaced drop pipe from a country well. It rises in the air to more than thirty feet and on its concrete base is engraved the date it was put up: 25 May 1986.

USAOnce we had it up we had to decide: What flag would we fly from it? The first choice was obvious, I suppose. We ran up the Stars and Stripes, at first raising it in the morning and lowering it at night. Later, our habits grew relaxed and we didn’t much bother with the ceremony and seldom took it down. We soon discovered that if the flag is allowed to fly in most all kinds of weather, then it is best to invest in a sturdy outdoor nylon one—printed polyester flags just can’t survive the inclement weather, especially high winds, for long. Continue reading ‘What to Fly?’

Construction Sheet

•15 April 2007 • 2 Comments

Proposed Flag-diagram

First Flight

•1 April 2007 • Leave a Comment

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March 20, 2007. Place : near Rollag, Minnesota . Wind gusts to 30 MPH.

The Cost Effects…

•24 March 2007 • Leave a Comment

I’ve not checked this out thoroughly, but it is probably a good guess that at least forty of the fifty state flags are produced by silk-screen printing (serigraphy) because of the highly detailed state seals, or scenics, set in the center of their many blue fields, like Minnesota’s current flag. This process is the only way: certainly the age is past the labor-intensive older techniques of embroidering or applique. (Some of the detailed schemes are printed separately and later sewn into the center of the fields.) Continue reading ‘The Cost Effects…’