Vexilloid Tabloid #77

Our August 2019 edition of the Vexilloid Tabloid features:

  • ICV 28 Report (Max Liberman)
  • PFA Inspires ICV 28 Paper
  • Unofficial Bohemian Flags (Krystof Huk)
  • Variant Flags of Puerto Rico (Carlos A. Morales-Ramirez)
  • Flag Display in Baker City, Oregon (Michael Orelove)
  • Flags and the B-17 (Michael Orelove)

And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz.  (This issue’s quizmaster: Tony Burton.)

If you have items you would like us to consider for publication in the Tabloid, or would like to be added to the email distribution list so you never miss an issue, please contact editor@portlandflag.org.

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Vexilloid Tabloid #76

The 76th edition of our newsletter features:

  • Genesis of Good Flag, Bad Flag (Ted Kaye)
  • A “Gray Pride” Flag (David Koski)
  • The Pro-Abortion Gadsden Flag (Ted Kaye)
  • Flaggy Map
  • Flags in School (Michael Orelove)
  • Farewell, Michael Faul & Chumley (Michael Faul)
  • Pirate Flags in the Caribbean (Michael Orelove)
  • The Red Flag (John Cartledge)

And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz.  (This issue’s quizmaster: David Ferriday.)

If you have items you would like us to consider for publication in the Tabloid, or would like to be added to the email distribution list so you never miss an issue, please contact editor@portlandflag.org.

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Vexilloid Tabloid #75

Issue 75 of our newsletter features:

  • Tracking City Flag Changes (Ted Kaye)
  • A Special Flag for Lincoln (Michael Orelove)
  • Field Report: Central Belize & Garifuna Country (Ted Kaye)
  • Flags on a Caribbean Cruise (Michael Orelove)
  • Salmon Nation

And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz.  (This issue’s quizmaster: Tony Burton, editor of Crux Australis.)

If you have items you would like us to consider for publication in the Tabloid, or would like to be added to the email distribution list so you never miss an issue, please contact editor@portlandflag.org.

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Vexilloid Tabloid #74

Our latest newsletter features:

  • Gender and vexillology (Scott Mainwaring)
  • Roman Numeral Flags for Years (Scott Mainwaring)
  • “Bullard” Flag in Portland
  • Flags in Fortnite (Nathaniel Mainwaring)
  • Visiting Flags in Idaho (Michael Orelove)
  • “The Sun Is Setting on the British Empire”

And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz.  (This issue’s quizmaster: John Caitledge.)

If you have items you would like us to consider for publication in the Tabloid, or would like to be added to the email distribution list so you never miss an issue, please contact editor@portlandflag.org.

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Vexilloid Tabloid #73

Here is the 73rd edition of our bimonthly newsletter, The Vexilloid Tabloid, featuring:

  • Her Flag 2020
  • Transgender Rights Flags (Scott Mainwaring)
  • Field Report: Québec City (Ted Kaye)
  • Have Flags Will Travel (Michael Orelove)
  • Do Imports Deface the Dutch Flag? ( Theun Okkerse)

And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz.  (This issue’s quizmaster: Dale Grimes.)

If you have items you would like us to consider for publication in the Tabloid, or would like to be added to the email distribution list so you never miss an issue, please contact editor@portlandflag.org.

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Mississippi Furling

By Ted Kaye
Vexilloid Tabloid #72

Pressure to change the state flag  of Mississippi continues, from  inside and outside the state.

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The Stennis Flag, first proposed by artist Laurin Stennis in 2016. Photo from stennisflagflyers.com.
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Quarterman’s Mighty Magnolia Flag. Photo from mightymagnoliaflag.com.

Multiple independent efforts proceed within Mississippi.  The most prominent, the proposal by Laurin Stennis, has the support of the largest flag retailer in Jackson and the “Stennis Flag Flyers” group.  Design student Chase Quarterman explored “The Mississippi Identity” in the debut issue of NAVA’s revamped quarterly, Vexillum (March 2018) and is proposing his “Mighty Magnolia” flag.  Other NAVA members are working to guide state policy.  And Judge Carlos Moore made national news in 2017 when he removed the flag from his Clarksdale, Mississippi, courtroom (see Vexillum #2).

Stennis, Moore, and NAVA vexillologist Jack Lowe are featured in this short documentary from HuffPost | Between The Lines.

Other states have taken different approaches to the issue.

In Juneau, Alaska, the site of a 50-state flag display has replaced the Mississippi flag with the supposed 1861 Magnolia Flag, which Jackson vexillologist Clay Moss (disputing Whitney Smith) describes as the “flag that never existed”.

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The Magnolia Flag flying in place of the MS state flag in Juneau, AK, Sept. 2018. Photo: Mary Ansoff

Here in Oregon, the state legislature has removed the Mississippi flag from the 50-state flag display on the capitol grounds in Salem, leaving a bare pole.

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The bare pole which few the MS flag at the Oregon Capitol, Sept. 2018. Photo: Ted Kaye

 

 

Vexilloid Tabloid #72

It’s October, which means the latest issue of our newsletter is here for your vexillological pleasure.  It features:

  • Mississippi Furling (Ted Kaye)
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma Adopts a New Flag
  • Vexiday: The Third World Vexillology Day in Portland (Scott Mainwaring)
  • De gustibus non est disputandum (Carl Gurtman)
  • The 2018 Gresham Teddy Bear Parade (Michael Orelove)

And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz.  (This issue’s quizmaster: Ted Kaye!)

If you have items you would like us to consider for publication in the Tabloid, or would like to be added to the email distribution list so you never miss an issue, please contact editor@portlandflag.org.

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Redesigns for Fayetteville, Georgia wanted

Thanks to the efforts of vexillonaires Connor Mahlbacher and Zachary Carter, the city of Fayetteville, Georgia has launched an online design contest to redesign its municipal flag. Flag designers are welcome to submit proposals at fayetteville-ga.gov/flag, and are encouraged to view Roman Mars’ TED talk on municipal flag design, and to consult NAVA’s Good Flag, Bad Flag guidebook. The deadline is 5PM Eastern Time, Monday, October 15, 2018.

The Flags of the World database provides information about the current text-heavy red, white, and blue tricolor flag the city adopted in 2002. Local designer and artist Nita McFarlin won a design contest that year, explaining “I designed the flag with the same colors as France, since LaFayette was French and Fayetteville is named for him. Also, the double t in Fayetteville serves as the foundation for the clock tower. I believe the courthouse, being the oldest in Georgia, is most recognized by the tower and clock.”

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Nita McFarlin in 2012

The search for a new flag has generated some controversy, as evidenced in this July 2017 letter to the editor of local newspaper The Citizen by the county historian, Carolyn Cary.  She apparently sees an educational purpose to having words on flags: “If someone wants to create a new city flag devoid of any historical elements and any wording, go ahead. But that is not going to teach children and new residents a thing about our history.”

On the other hand, Mayor Ed Johnson has been generally supportive. When Mahlbacher and Carter spoke before the city council earlier that same month about the need for a redesign, The Citizen reported:

Mayor Ed Johnson thanked Carter for his comments, and suggested Carter be on a committee to see if the flag should be updated.

Carter agreed, and Johnson gave him a preview of what his new position might entail.

“Just be prepared for some blowback,” he said.

Controversy and blowback often come with the territory of local efforts to improve existing flag designs.

Vexilloid Tabloid #71

The August 2018 issue of our newsletter has arrived, featuring:

And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz.  (This issue’s quizmaster: Tony Burton of the Flag Society of Australia.)

If you have items you would like us to consider for publication in the Tabloid, or would like to be added to the email distribution list so you never miss an issue, please contact editor@portlandflag.org.

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Vexilloid Tabloid #70

The seventieth edition of our newsletter features:

  • The Raven Flag
  • Rotary Club Flag Presentation (Michael Orelove)
  • Flags in Ireland: A Field Report, Installment 3 (Ted Kaye)
  • Face Flags of Washington: Seattle (Scott Mainwaring)
  • New Flag–Reno, Nevada

And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz.

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