Vexilloid Tabloid #80

Issue 80 features an obituary for Alfred Znamierowski, a detailed rating of the design of Portland’s flag by a Russian vexillologist, and a new flag quiz by Bard and Benjamin Cosman, and many other vexi-notes.

The MLS Iron Front Flag Flap

Above: Iron Front flag on display in Providence Park. Photo by Kris Lattimore. By Scott Mainwaring, Vexilloid Tabloid #79 For much of the 2019 Major League Soccer season, league officials were engaged in a stand-off with some of MLS’s most passionate fan groups over the league’s decision to ban display of what it deemed “political” […]

Gadsden Flag: Symbol of Resistance in Russia

Masha Gessen reported in The New Yorker today that a Russian judge had ordered the destruction of a Gadsden Flag seized from prominent Putin critic and video blogger (“vlogger”) Yegor Zhukov: In many of his vlog entries, Zhukov is seated against the backdrop of the Gadsden flag—“Don’t Tread on Me”—which appears to hang in his […]

The Amazing Range of Flag Research

Raven is a scholarly journal published yearly by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA). The 26th volume will be out this month. From time to time, Raven includes a bibliography of flag-related items that have appeared in other, non-flag-specific journals. These span a wide range of disciplines, from political science to art history. For Raven […]

Fascinating Flag Facts (video)

The YouTube channel WonderWhy is promoting vexillology with this video uploaded on November 30th, Fascinating Flag Facts. It has over 150,000 views (and over 1300 comments!). They have done a decent job, though falling short in some aspects. For example, they repeat the often said but historically unsupported claim that the shape of Nepal’s flag […]

Grace Rogers Cooper & 13-Star US Flags

In 1972 the Smithsonian Institution published this book by former NAVA president Grace Rogers Cooper, Thirteen-Star Flags: Keys to Identification. It contains a wealth of information on the early history of US flags and surviving examples, and how to detect impostors. And the public domain full text is available online! You can read it on […]

Vexilloid Tabloid #79

The last edition of our newsletter in the 2010s is here. Vexilloid Tabloid #79 features: The Complex Oregon Flag (Michael Orelove) Some Flags and Arms in Victoria, BC (Ted Kaye) A Mashup Flag in Point Roberts (Ted Kaye) The MLS Iron Front Flag Flap (Scott Mainwaring) Five Flags on a Quarter (Michael Orelove) World Geography […]

Vexilloid Tabloid #78

The 78th edition of our newsletter, The Vexilloid Tabloid, is here. It features: VexiDay 2019 (Željko Heimer) Alternatives for Similar Flags (Izzy Núñez) Flags Sent to the Future (Michael Orelove) VexiDay 2019 in Portland (Ted Kaye) What State Are YOU From? (Michael Orelove) State Flags with Lettering or Seals Kindergartners and Flags (Ted Kaye) And, […]

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 […]