Brendan Patrick Hennessy’s Flog

Torontonian Brendan Patrick Hennessy blogs about flags on a site named, appropriately enough, Flag Log.  He writes:

Flag Log is a blog about flags (or “flog”). Come to this flog if you want to see a bunch of cool pictures of flags.

More than just a bunch of cool pictures, it is actually quite a treasure trove of vexillological information:

The National Flag Chart is very nice, showing flags in their proper proportions, in both civil and state versions (when they differ for a country), divided into a main chart for independent countries and an appendix for “non-independent territories”.  But wait, there’s much more!  Hennessey provides this chart not just for the current year, but for each year going back all the way to 1870 — each annual chart ending with a historical notes section showing all the changes that took place that year.  For example, we learn that on May 7, 1870 the then-independent country of Sarawak made this change:

sarawak

Blog entries are indexed by flag colours (it’s Canadian, remember) and by country, so you can browse all the entries about orange flags, or having to do with Burma (or if you prefer, Myanmar).  Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to flag chart entries though, so searching for the Burma tag won’t bring up this beautiful historical flag from the 1870 chart:

burma1835

There are many more tags than meet the eye under the browsing index.  For example, going to flaglog.com/tagged/portland will bring up the entry about our favorite flag, and to flaglog.com/tagged/oregon will bring up that posting, but also postings about the proposed state of Jefferson, an evocative black and white photo by Sean Dalin of a fraying US flag flying in Cannon Beach, and a piece on Matthew Norquist’s 2013 proposed redesign of the Oregon state flag.

Photo by Sean Dalin
Photo by Sean Dalin
Proposed Oregon flag.  Matthew Norquist, 2013.
Proposed Oregon flag. Matthew Norquist, 2013.

Though technically not part of Flag Log, Hennessy shows his talent for flag design on his Toronto Street Flags page:  proposed flags for some of Toronto’s more prominent thoroughfares.  For example:

A flag for Davenport Road, Toronto. "A white crescent on black, from the English Davenport family's coat of arms. The blue triangles symbolize Davenport's ancient glacial lakeshore, and the sandy orange triangles symbolize its long history as a well worn native trail. The flag uses diagonal lines to symbolize how the road doesn't follow Toronto's usual grid system." Design by Brendan Patrick Hennessy.
A flag for Davenport Road, Toronto. “A white crescent on black, from the English Davenport family’s coat of arms. The blue triangles symbolize Davenport’s ancient glacial lakeshore, and the sandy orange triangles symbolize its long history as a well worn native trail. The flag uses diagonal lines to symbolize how the road doesn’t follow Toronto’s usual grid system.” Design by Brendan Patrick Hennessy.

To conclude, as I can’t resist: Anyone interested in flags should check out Hennessy’s Flag Log for a good flogging!

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Author: SDM

Ethnography * Technology * Design

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