Portland’s Flag Turns 13

Happy Portland Flag Day!  (Not yet an official holiday.) On 4 September 2002, after lobbying by flag designer Douglas Lynch (1913-2009) and the Portland Flag Association, the Portland City Council adopted ordinance 176874, revising the flag to its current (and originally intended) design.  (For more on the redesign effort, see our History page.) Over the course […]

Flags of the Rose Festival Fleet

by Scott Mainwaring, Vexilloid Tabloid #53 Every June, Portland’s Rose Festival welcomes “the fleet” from the US and Canada.  Moored along the Willamette river, the ships display a colorful range of flags to see—ensigns, jacks, signal flags, and courtesy flags.

The Portland Ska Flag

By Casey Sims From Vexilloid Tabloid #51 About eight years ago a group of friends who attended Willamette University in the late 90s formed our band, Original Middleage Ska Enjoy Club.  Our bandmate, Don Olsen, teaches art at local  colleges—so we always have fun posters and materials. Our band is influenced by ska music, which […]

Where the Portland Flag Flies

Over the past few years I have been compiling a list of places in Portland that fly the city’s flag.  When it started in 2011 the flag could be seen only in a handful of places:  city hall, the Portland Building, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Oregon Convention Center, Jefferson Office Park, and the Portland Timbers’ stadium (only […]

An Early Attempt at a Portland Flag

Anyone interested in American city flags should have a copy of the book of that title:  American City Flags: 150 Flags from Akron to Yonkers, by John M. Purcell with James A. Croft and Rich Monahan, published in 2003 as a special issue of Raven: A Journal of Vexillology by the North American Vexillological Association (ISBN 0-9747728-0-1; […]


By Ted Kaye Originally published in Vexilloid Tabloid #34, June 2012 Portland’s Rock Bottom Brewery hosted the Portland Belgian Beer Challenge on April 10, 2012.  It featured a taste-off between beers from Amnesia, Rock Bottom, Roots, Lucky Lab, BJ’s, Concordia, Hair of the Dog, McMennamin’s Crystal Ballroom, and New Old Lompoc—ten breweries in all. With […]

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 […]

How did Portland get such a nice flag?

Our very own Ted Kaye sat down with popular design podcaster Roman Mars to talk flag design and tell the story of the Portland flag: how a good design was botched by bureaucrats, and many years later — with some activist vexillology on the part of its designer Douglas Lynch and the PFA — ultimately restored.  For this work, Lynch received […]