Self-Contradictory Flags

We recently featured artist Josh Thorpe’s Ambivalent Flag, that signaled white, or black, or a bit of each, depending on how the wind was tossing it around.  Here are a couple of other examples of flags that contradict themselves, courtesy of Ted Kaye.

One was a novelty flag produced at one time by Jim Ferrigan, with the universal symbols for “no” and “yes” on each side.

double-standard-yes double-standard-no

He called it “The Double Standard”.

The second was reported in Issue 35 of the Vexilloid Tabloid under the heading Mystery Flag.

This flag itself is not a mystery, but its underlying concept leads the vexillologist to ask:  “A camouflage flag?  Isn’t the purpose of a flag to be seen?”

Ted Kaye observed this example at a major event on Flag Day at the Oregon Air National Guard Base.  It represents (when visible) the unit responsible for weather forecasting in support of ORANG flight operations.

Its personnel use real-time radar, satellite imagery, sensor readouts, and visual observations to observe and forecast local or deployed conditions.

A camouflage flag... what’s the point?  At least the word has “flag” in it! The guidon of the 123rd Weather Flight, Oregon Air National Guard.
A camouflage flag… what’s the point? At least the word has “flag” in it! The guidon of the 123rd Weather Flight, Oregon Air National Guard.
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Author: SDM

Ethnography * Technology * Design

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