Sunday, September 24, 2017
The design for the Southwestern Quarter of the Earth is a tribute to Whitney Smith. The Southwestern Quarter is the quarter is where the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres overlap. The dart or chevron points to the, like the flag of Guyana, which waa Smith's original idea for the flag of Guyana.
However the colour scheme stems from ancient Chinese Cosmology. Red is associated with the South and white is associated with the West. Of consequence to Southerns in the USA is the mythical animal associated with the South - the Phoenix. In case you forgot the Phoenix like rises up from the ashes to rise again, like the proverbial South. Yellow is also included, since it acts as the reference point from a center.
More recently these colours have been popularized in Japanese pop culture, with the red phoenix of the South and white tiger of the West. Furthermore, nearly the entire world under the age of 30 has some notion of these concepts due to the rise of Anime and Pokemon.
This flag can be flown over any area of the Earth in the Southwestern Quarter: most of South America, French Polynesia, and the Easter Islands.
The design for the Southeastern Quarter of the Earth is based upon a pattern in tribute to Whitney Smith. The Southeastern Quarter is where the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres overlap. The dart or chevron to the fly design, as proposed for the flag of Guyana, was Smith's conception for a flag now accepted across the world.
However the colour scheme stems from ancient Chinese Cosmology. Because, red is associated with the South and blue is associated with the East. Yellow is also included, since it acts as the reference point from the center.
More recently these colours have been popularized in Japanese pop culture, with the red phoenix of the South and blue dragon of the East. Furthermore, nearly the entire world under the age of 30 has some notion of these concepts due to the rise of Anime and Pokemon.
This flag can be flown over any area of the Earth in the Southeastern Quarter: which includes South Africa, Mozambique, the southern half of Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.
The design for the Northeastern Quarter of the Earth is based upon designs in tribute to Whitney Smith. The Northwestern Quarter is the quarter is where the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres overlap. The dart or chevron to the fly design, as proposed for the flag of Guyana, was Smith's concept for a national flag.
However the colour scheme stems from ancient Chinese Cosmology. Reason being, black is associated with the North and blue is associated with the East. Yellow is also included, since it acts as the reference point from the center.
More recently these colours have been popularized in Japanese pop culture, with the black turtle of the North and blue dragon tiger of the South. Furthermore, nearly the entire world under the age of 30 has some notion of these concepts due to the rise of Anime and Pokemon.
This flag can be flown over any area of the Earth in the Northeastern Quarter, which includes much of Europe, all of Russia, Germany, India, Arabia, China, and Korea.
The design for the Northwestern Quarter of the Earth is based upon a style in tribute to Whitney Smith, the founder of vexillology. The Northwestern Quarter is where the Northern and Western Hemispheres overlap. The dart or chevron design, as proposed for the flag of Guyana, was Smith's original concept.
However the colour scheme stems from ancient Chinese Cosmology. Accordingly, black is associated with the North and white is associated with West. Yellow is also included, since it acts as the reference point from the center.
This flag can be flown over any area of the Earth in the Northwestern Quarter- which includes the USA, Canada, Mexico, all of the Caribbean, and the part of South America north of the Equator.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The flag for disputed international spaces is loosely based upon the Olympic Flag. However, the continents are represented by coloured squares. Additionally there are a total of seven squares for all seven continents. This flag is a neutral flag that has all the major colours of the rainbow. The colours indicate a call for a peaceful and fair resolve in the spirit of the international games. The white field represents that peaceful resolve is possible. Finally an orange frame brings clarity to the edges.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Antipodal areas are a rare thing in the USA. Just a few states are a part of this club, which includes Colorado. A small region of Colorado is antipodal to a remote region in France: Kerguelen. But this not a normal part of France. Kerguelen is off in the South India Ocean.
But this flag is for that special slice of the of the Earth where one is standing on the opposite end of the world. And go figure that Colorado would have such a space. The flag combines the Big Dipper with the Southern Cross, since these star systems are easily visible from each respective area.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Saturday, September 2, 2017
The International Date line flag takes the elements of the Prime Meridian and 180th Meridian Flag, combining them into something new. In the middle is a black and yellow checker pattern guarded by a blue, orange, and two white stripes. The field near the hoist is orange, while the fly field is blue.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Maddish - 18:57, 14 Aug, 2017
Ferry service on the Thames is an ancient line of work. Today, there is an armada of ferries that go back and forth. They often have guided tours on the outbound trips, towards to sea. The ferry service flags have a logo similar to the London Underground or subway service. But for the ferry is has cyan circle on a field of gray with the central horizontal bar with the word 'RIVER' written across.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ronald C. Strachan is standing next to a flag of the Principality of the Hutt River which is in Western Australia. This 'protest' state was declared April 21, 1970. This state have no international recognition, yet it is in the same caliber somewhat of the Conch Republic in the Florida Keys.
Ron Strachan is one of Australia's leading producers of flags for the nation. You can order flags at:
Monday, August 14, 2017
Interestingly many constitutions make no mention of the national flag. Often it is that older nations already have a prescribed flag and it is over looked. However younger nations often have clear descriptions of the flag, a few even provide a graphic.
Hugot pointed out that in the US, only first abandoned constitution, the Articles of Confederation, mentions the US flag.
Using flags to tech about animals and endangered species was an original paper. Flags can be used in many ways, certainly education is a valuable aspect often overlooked by vexillologists.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
It was during the outing to the Lyndon B. Johnson library that I ended up sitting next to a friendly elderly man. I was delighted to have a deep conversation and make human contact, since it was my first NAVA meeting; I was feeling rather lonely since I was a complete stranger to everyone. The odd thing is that the friendly gentleman never told me his name.
The next day, the man I sat next to upon the bus gave a thoughtful presentation at the state capital, Austin, on the future of vexillology. I then asked the person sitting next to me who that speaker was, and I was told that it was Whitney Smith.
Like in the movies when the hero puts it all together, my head spun in circles as my memories played themselves in virtual-reverse. Little did I know, that I was sitting next to the man honored today, whose wake created this league of international vexillology.
A small service was held at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, London next to Albert Hall.
The service was lead by John Hall, and several vexillologists spoke about Whitney's legacy as a professional and as a friend.
Here, the flag of Whitney Smith lays at the speakers podium. It was a solemn service that included the song of one of Whitney Smith's favorite singers, Buddy Holly, Rain in My Heart.
This post and this blog exists here as a testament to legacy of Whitney Smith. I am forever grateful to him and his family.
I first met Whitney at NAVA's 42nd meeting in Austin, Texas 2008 as the friendly gentleman on the bus. At the end of the NAVA meeting, I ran into Whitney once again. I took a photo of him holding my mock book, which you can see on the first post on this blog.
Like Smith, I'm also a fan of Buddy Holly. Coincidentally I attended a play about Buddy Holly, back in 1991, when our marching band visited London; we were selected to play at the Royal Albert Hall and march in the Westminster's New Year's Day parade. On top of that I stayed at the dorm of Imperial College next to Albert Hall, Beit Hall.
One my favorite Buddy Holly songs is the timeless gem, Everyday 1958.
Stan also noted that the Yew Tree is an ancient symbol of Ireland, which better represents the Emerald Isle rather than the official Oak Tree which can be confused the Oak of England. Zamyatin pointed out that colours often have a tribal essence that go deeper than the design. This was demonstrated with sporting flags wearing colours like tribesmen yet being of different nations.
Zamyatin ended his presetation with a colour act by wearing flag of Portugal with a headband.
In addition to the new designs, applications for the military and rank flags were proposed in succession to the newly proposed flags.
Could we be looking at the future flag of Slovenia? Only time will tell.
The subject of women and flags were presented in his paper entitled Flags and the Woman. Condamine focused on portrayal of women on flags. They can be seem of patriotic or rather "matriotic" heroines, religiously, warriors, motherly images, and many other ways.
He noted that although Islamic statues forbids the portrayal of women in forms, one flag in Egypt has the statue bust of Nefertiti upon it. Caondmine also pointed out several flags from Nazi Germany and North Korea that used women to inspire and represent the people.
These flags have their origins in by dictation from a person who was Venezuelan. Since many Spanish Colonies were fighting against Spain there was a common sentiment of brotherhood. However the Spanish Colonies never reached the maximums as they did in the United States or Canada.
Brozek spoke flags in rowing clubs in the Czech. Brozek's paper was entitled The Survey of Flags Used by Rowing Clubs in the Czech Republic.
Brozek presented an overview of the flags used by rowing clubs. Interestingly he showed up flags of rowing clubs for the blind.
It was a colourful display in interesting and unique flags.
Chkheidze noted that the Republic of Georgia's post Soviet flag is an ancient design dated back to Pre-Columbian times. Georgia's flag is essentially a heraldic flag. Currently there are 66 districts and 12 self governing cities in the Republic of Georgia. Chkeidze gave a delightful overview of Georgia's modern day flags that incorporate good design linked to real geographic elements. He also noted that the Republic of Georgia has many local ethnic groups. Even the touchy subject of the break away territories were included: Abkhazia and Adjara.
|Origin of Republic of Georgia's Flag 1367|
He said the hardest part about making flags was that people sometimes want to include too much: every historical symbol and icon, making the flags virtual tourist guide maps, which results in very 'ugly' flags.
Poels pointed out that the geography of Gambia was due to Imperial powers needs, named the UK and France, who gave little thought to the tribal areas. Poels also pointed out that the colonial badge of Gambia had an elephant trumpeting on it, and not from the back end. However Gambia does not have any elephants. Additionally there were hills on the badge, but there are not hills in Gambia. Later the trumpeting elephant of Gambia was used on several other English colonies in Africa with letters underneath to indicate which was what.
Jos dedicated his presentation to Louis Lucien Thomasi (1910-1985), who was the designer of Gambia's modern day flag. Also note that Jos Poel was also present for the birth of South Africa's modern day flag, a fun yet quirky fact.
Calvarian presented information about researching flags, as to the ways to classify certainty. Calvarin's paper was entitled Doubts and Certainties in Vexillology.
Among primary sources for flags comes via written laws and ordinances, archives, photos, videos, and postal stamps. Secondary sources include vexillological work, dictionaries, reference books, press articles, and testimonials. Calvarian noted that written descriptions can be wildly interpreted.
Antov pointed out that most Bulgarian flags are mono-coloured. It is also a Bulgarian law that chauvinistic symbols are forbidden. Unlike the USA, where local municipality flags are essentially unregulated by any kind of higher authority. It really is up to the people to select and design their own flag.
Since Bulgaria has been a EU member since 2007, a new push for new flags has swept the nation.
Although Zimbabwe was the first 'white colony' to leave the Empire since the exit of the United States in 1776, the story of its independence is topsy-turvy. Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia was considered on the UK's most loyal subjects. They were the first nation to declare war on Germany in 1939 during WWII, remember that the USA entered at the tail end of of 1941.
The declaration of Rhodesia's independence was passed with Parliament of UK's consent. On November 11, 1986 the first flag of Rhodesia was flown, the tribar of green-white-green with a coat of arms. However many of citizens of black-Rhodesia were terribly upset and saw it as the 'White-man's flag.' Eventually Rhodesia was of the few colonies to revert to the Union Flag of the UK in 1980 for a short while.
Today, many of those persons of white heritage who lived though that turbulent era, look back with a certain kind of fondness for the old green and white flag. Most white Rhodesians (Zimbabwians) see it in nostalgic, non-extremist, almost friendly cultural sense.
However many extreme white pride organizations have projected this flag as an inflammatory racist symbol. This unfortunate reputation was further abounded when Dylan Roof perpetrated the mass murder at Charleston, South Carolina Church Emanuel African Methodist Church, on June 17, 2015. Roof had photos of himself next to Confederate, South African, and the old green-n-white Rhodesian flag. Sadly this flag's association with hatred and suffering was further ingrained in the collective mind.
But surely as time passes, views of the flag will perpetually change. Perhaps its best to focus on the positive?
An interesting fact that Westerhoven states was the popularity of the clover. According to Marcel the clover often represented dairy farming, since clovers are a favorite item of dairy cows. Consequently as the clover is a national symbol for Ireland, could this be part of the cause for its popularity in Ireland? Although the story of the trinity is already set by St. Patrick, maybe dairy farming in Ireland had some influence?
Originally there were about 3500 active water authority pumping stations in the Netherlands in 1850, but now there are only 22 left. It was due to modern technologies that reduced the need so many "Pump-Board Hydrolic Stations." The older Polderboards used beautiful heraldic arms to represent their pumping stations, but modern day Polderboards use logos and 'ugly' logos on flags. In the old style these flags typically had wavy lines to represent the water and many used the colour blue to indicate water.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The fairly normal congressional meeting, of yeas and nays. Nothing much to report but business as usual. The most exciting news brought to the table was China's to host the ICV in 2023. It was presented by Xinfeng Zhao. Zhao was responsible for training China flag hoisting staff for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. If China were selected he promised that everyday would be a new venue.
There was also one call to elect a new president of FIAV, that of Alfred Z as nominated by Roman Klimes
The Heraldic Society of Slovenia presented the pitch to the congress to hose the 29th International Congress of Vexillology in 2021.
It was a well presentation, with video, music, and splendid colours. It would have made the current first lady proud, Melania Trump, since she is Slovenian. In the photo above the Slovenians are holding the potential flag for the ICV 29? Will it come true? Only time will tell.
Labour Party Flag Image
Fougerolle broke up the these book marks into five different categories: patriotic, military, heraldic, maritime, and artistic.
|Empire Flag at Imperial University, The Huxley Building, London|
The Imperial flag for the British Empire has been carted to dust bin of history. But for a little while, persons across the British Empire were encouraged to celebrate 'Empire Day.' The British were heads and shoulders leading the world with technologies and other important discoveries at the time. Likewise the connectivity between the colonies were rather strong, at the beginning of the 1900s.
Kelly noted that Empire Day started in Canada, but become a global holiday across the Empire. Eventually a flag was created to honor this day which featured the coat of arms of Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the Star of India in the center of the cross on white canton UK flag.
Here is a photo of the Empire Flag being waved at the end of WWII.