There Is No Flag Large Enough…

By Scott Mainwaring, Vexilloid Tabloid #56 This is a story about flag quote that has taken on a life of its own, thanks in part to a photo of it  written on a flag held by a soldier. “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people” is an abridged […]

Our Most Popular Posts of 2015

Here are our 20 most-viewed* blog posts of the year. #20 – Andy Warhol and the American Flag (226 views) #19 – Fargo — A Flag for the Flagless? (247 views) #18 – Heart Flags (257 views) #17 – American Flag Refreshed for 2015 (303 views) #16 – The Flag of HDYNATION (307 views) #15 – […]

Flag Art at Art Basel

Art Basel is a series of international contemporary art fairs with a large online catalog.  Their Miami Beach 2015 event is happening now, with 10,665 artworks by 3086 artists.  Here are 15 works that feature flags. US Flag Bernstein, Judith: Union Jack-Off on US Policy in Vietnam, 1967 Ethridge, Roe: Louise with Flag, 2014 Horowitz, […]

Flutterings (from VexTab #54)

from Vexilloid Tabloid #54 Note: “Flutterings” — notes from the editor on our last meeting — is a regular feature in The Vexilloid Tabloid. September 2015 Flutterings You Need to Know In our September meeting, hosted by Larry Snyder in a small theater—complete with fresh popcorn—at the Oswego Pointe development in Lake Oswego, 8 PFA members enjoyed a […]

Gobitis

The US flag has a sad history of being used to compel patriotism.  One low point occurred in 1940 when the Supreme Court, in the throes of World War II, ruled in Minersville School District v. Gobitis that religious dissenters could be forced to salute the flag in the name of national unity (or, for example, be expelled […]

Flag Art by Nimai Kesten

Nimai Kesten (www.nimaikesten.com) grew up in an abusive Hare Krishna boarding school in Lake Huntington, NY before transforming “into a loud-mouthed, rebellious, New York City graffiti writing skateboarder” and surfer.  He writes in his bio: In his early 20’s, Nimai began to look at the life he carved out on the streets of New York for himself […]

Red Flags and Labor Day

The Red Flag is, among other things, a traditional symbol of workers’ power, dating back at least to the Merthyr Rising of 1831 when Welsh rioters used calf’s blood to stain their flag red. In the United States, however, you won’t see many red flags on Labor Day. Judging from photographs online, flag flying on Labor […]

Zaricor Flag Collection

The Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC) is the result of decades of flag collecting by wealthy California businessman Ben Zaricor. Its curator, the vexillologist and former flag merchant Jim Ferrigan, writes: The [ZFC], as the noted flag historian, the late Howard Madaus stated, is the largest most important representation of U.S. and American flags in the world. […]

Flags and Emancipation in Cuba

Esther Allen has an excellent piece in NYR Daily about the history of US-Cuba relations, including this fascinating story about the Cuban flag: For its part, the US government had had an eye on Cuba at least since the beginning of the nineteenth century, when Thomas Jefferson tried without success to buy the colony from […]