The Trouble with Icons

Here is a fascinating 37-minute documentary on the use -- by photographers, artists, journalists, institutions, and ordinary citizens -- of the American flag in response to war/terrorism, from British film makers David Dunnico and Cat Gregory. They compare two cases: the 1945 attack by US Marines on Japanese-held Iwo Jima out of which came Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo, and the… Continue reading The Trouble with Icons

Delacroix and Charlie Hebdo

In Liberty Leading the People, Delacroix created what is arguably the single most famous depiction of any flag, and certainly of the French tricolor.  The central figure, the personification of Liberty (and of the French nation), brandishing the flag in one hand, a rifle in the other, climbs over her fallen comrades urging "the people" on to victory.… Continue reading Delacroix and Charlie Hebdo

Mayor Hales sails with the Portland flag

From the regular Portland Flag Miscellany section of Vexilloid Tabloid #49: Portland’s mayor, Charlie Hales, reports to us: “We flew the Portland flag all summer on the s/v Elizabeth, in Puget Sound and Canada’s Gulf Islands. Lots of comments and questions. This image is from our return voyage, nearing the mouth of the Strait of Juan De… Continue reading Mayor Hales sails with the Portland flag

Half the Oregon flag on a stamp

There was a ceremony in Salem today to announce a new USPS stamp featuring the Oregon state flag. (Actually, only one side of the state flag -- the obverse -- leaving what some would argue is the better side hidden.) See: Elida S. Perez, "Oregon state flag is featured in latest Forever stamp", Salem Statesman… Continue reading Half the Oregon flag on a stamp