Washington Redux

by Michael Orelove, from Vexilloid Tabloid #52

A final thought about George Washington facing left or right (see VexTab #48 & VexTab #51): Chris Bedwell sent me images of a home-made Washington State flag with George facing both ways.  (Thanks, Chris.)

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George faces left (towards the hoist) on the front of a home-made Washington State flag. Image from Chris Bedwell.
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George facing right (towards the hoist) encircled by backwards writing on the back of a home-made Washington State flag, as he does on many such flags. (According to the official specifications, the seal on the back of the flag is supposed to be identical to the one on the front, with George facing left and away from the hoist, and the writing readable without a mirror.)

The images had me look at the money in my wallet.  A quiz for readers:  Without looking at your money…

1) Which way is George facing on the U.S. one-dollar bill?

2) Gilbert Stuart’s unfinished 1796 painting of George Washington is currently portrayed on the one-dollar bill.  Which way is George facing in the painting?

3) Which way is George facing on the U.S. quarter (25-cent piece)?

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Author: SDM

Ethnography * Technology * Design

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