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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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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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 #69

Our latest newsletter features:

  • The Korean Unity Flag (Ted Kaye)
  • Flags in Ireland: A Field Report, Installment 2 (Ted Kaye)
  • Flags for All Seasons, Take 2 (Scott Mainwaring)
  • Flags along I-5 in Oregon (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.

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Chicago Flags Finds a New Home in Gresham

From the August 2017 Vexilloid Tabloid #65
By Michael Orelove

About two years ago I wrote a  letter to the Chicago Fire Department requesting an old Chicago flag that had flown over a fire station.  I just received the flag.

It flew over Engine 83 which was 2.6 miles from where I used to live in Chicago.

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Michael Orelove at Troutdale Fire Station 75.

I wanted to find a new home for the flag so I went to Troutdale Fire Station 75 and asked if they knew any firefighters with a Chicago connection.  They referred me to Joe Griffin of Gresham Fire Station 76.

I connected with Joe, who has family in Chicago and goes to back there about once a year.  I gave him the flag.

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Joe Griffin and fellow firefighters at Gresham Fire Station 76.

As with other flags the stars and stripes represent different things.  On the Chicago flag each point of the stars has a different meaning.  For example, the second red star represents the Chicago Fire of 8–10 October 1871.  The points of the second star signify religion, education, esthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.

Chicago adopted the original version of the flag in 1917.  Since then, it has added stars, and now flies extensively throughout the city.  The design has been voted one of the best in the country and has inspired other city flags.

 

 

 

Flag Burning in Portland

From the August 2017 Vexilloid Tabloid #65

As the recent 4th-of-July-weekend Blues Festival began, Portlanders continued their tradition of protest, often using flags.  At times that involved burning them.

The right-wing group Patriot Prayer planned a two-hour “Freedom March” at Tom McCall Waterfront Park with “a small amount of speeches to promote freedom   and courage”.  On Facebook it said “Fear will not silence Americans in these liberal strongholds.  Please bring your best behavior.”

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Members of the Rose City Antifa burn a flag at the Portland Waterfront, 30 June 2017. Sarah Silbiger / The Oregonian

The opposition group Rose City Antifa [anti-fascist] organized an opposition rally called “Enough: Stop Patriot Prayer Now!”  On Facebook it said “We will not allow our community to be overrun by fascists and those who make excuses for them.”

Most demonstrators had passionate but peaceful conversations.   However, one fight started after some Antifa protesters burned flags.  One man tried to hit others with a broken flag pole.

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Anti-Trump protesters burn an upside-down flag downtown, 20 January 2017. Beth Nakamura / The Oregonian

This behavior follows an incident where anti-Trump protesters burned American flags (and one Texas flag) in Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown on 20 January, Inauguration Day.

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Eric Post

In response to that event, veteran Eric Post went to Willamette National Cemetery and recorded an emotional Facebook video at gravesites of Medal of Honor winners, inviting protesters to take a tour.  It went viral, with over 2 million views in three days.