Face Flags of Washington, Part 1: State of Washington

The state flag of Washington stands out among its brethren:  not only is it uniquely green, it uniquely bears the likeness of an actual person.  People appear on many US state flags, but other than on Washington’s they stand for generic farmers, pioneers, etc. (Many believe the figures on Kentucky’s flag are Daniel Boone and Henry […]

Mississippi Flag Initiatives

Last November we wrote about the Flag for All Mississippians Coalition (NewMSFlag.org) and contentious efforts underway in the Magnolia State to change the current state flag, the only state flag to include the Confederate battle flag.  Here is an update. The NewMSFlag people are currently collecting signatures to qualify The Flag for All Mississippians Act​ as Initiative […]

US State Flag Devolution

The US is not known for the overall design quality of its state flags, with many being uninspired, easily confusable “seal on a bedsheet” designs.  Yet changing a state flag in order to improve its basic design is a very difficult task, so difficult there is only one good example: Colorado. This is not to say that […]

State Flag Pledges

Francis Bellamy’s 1892 pledge of allegiance to the US national flag is well known.  Less well known are the pledges US states have created to their own flags, seventeen in all. With the exception of Florida, all eleven states that seceded during the US Civil War have flag pledges — though all of these were adopted […]

A Flag for All Mississippians

According to its designer the state flag of Mississippi includes the Confederate battle flag in order to “perpetuate in a legal and lasting way that dear battle flag under which so many of our people had so gloriously fought”.  Dating back to 1894, the design has certainly lasted — 121 years so far. In the widespread backlash against […]

Washington Redux

by Michael Orelove, from Vexilloid Tabloid #52 A final thought about George Washington facing left or right (see VexTab #48 & VexTab #51): Chris Bedwell sent me images of a home-made Washington State flag with George facing both ways.  (Thanks, Chris.) The images had me look at the money in my wallet.  A quiz for […]

Flags in the Hierarchy of Pride

Michael Green is a designer, self-proclaimed Flag Geek, and author of the excellent Branding the Nations blog on Medium.com.  In his posting on (the sad state of) US state flags, The Good, the “Meh” and the Ugly, he asks a fundamental question that is too often taken for granted in discussions, debates, and contests about […]

Mississippi’s Magnolia Flags

From Historical Flags of Our Ancestors Vexillologist Clay Moss has published a new essay about once and possibly future flags of the state of Mississippi.  He writes: As the current Mississippi flag has been burdened with controversy, particularly through the last quarter century, there has always been the idea that Mississippi’s Magnolia flag might again someday […]