Flag Quotes

In Vexilloid Tabloid #37 Ted Kaye wrote:

When I assumed the interim editorship of this publication after John Hood died, I found that the most difficult task wasn’t writing up the “Flutterings” after each meeting, or gathering and formatting photos, or soliciting and editing submissions from other members, or laying out the issue. The toughest part was finding a good flag quote for the lower-left corner of the front page!

I don’t know where John came up with them, but his selections were always spot-on. My challenge has been to match his resourcefulness—while I’ve done so by turning to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and occasional web searches, my best source is the randomly-generated quotes that appear at the end of e-mail messages from former NAVA president Dave Martucci.

One problem I recently resolved: how to avoid duplicating quotes? (I’ve done so once—a prize for whoever names the two VT issues with the same quote!) A simple author-name database fixed that.

Many quotes in Bartlett’s are patriotic, advancing a particular flag, as opposed to those that would interest us, quotes about flags and their use and meaning.

The authors of the 30+ quotes that have appeared so far are mostly American and English, as might be expected, but with some other nationalities (French, Welsh) thrown in.
However, I look to the readers of this newsletter—PFA members and others alike—to suggest quotes (and perhaps illustrations) for future issues.

Here are selection of quotes from recent issues.  (Please do comment or email us to suggest others!)

  • I don’t judge others. I say if you feel good with what you’re doing, let your freak flag fly. (Sara Jessica Parker)
  • …awe-inspiring as an army with banners. (Song of Solomon 6:10 [CSB])
  • Flags are a brave sight but no true eye ever went by one steadily. (Emily Dickinson)
  • The flag should fill this primary condition: … it must … be a flag. And it must be a simple design, recognizable at a distance, a bright, clear note in the sky. A balanced and harmonious composition which will carry its meaning unfolding or fluttering in the wind. (Guy Viau, Québec Arts Council, 1963)
  • A true and complete history of the flags of the world— of national symbols—would be nothing less than a history of the aspirations of men and nations. (Edward S. Holden)

What’s that Flag? (from VexTab #37)

By Patrick Genna

This quiz was popped on PFA members at the November [2012] meeting.

Answers in the next issue… [Vexilloid Tabloid #38]

Name the U.S. state flag which…

  1. has a constellation
  2. has a pelican
  3. has a walking bear
  4. has a Union Jack
  5. is similar to the Dutch flag but with a charge
  6. is similar to the French flag but with a charge
  7. is based on the Stars and Bars
  8. has a Confederate Battle flag
  9. looks like a dollar bill
  10. has a sun as its charge
  11. has a palmetto tree
  12. has the letters “NC” (this question is like the “free” space in BINGO)
  13. has a copper star
  14. has a saltire (two states)
  15. is pennant-shaped
  16. has a buff-colored field
  17. has an anchor
  18. has a torch
  19. has a tribal shield
  20. has a buffalo
  21. is sometimes confused with the flag of Chile
  22. has a “diamond” (two states)
  23. has the word “REPUBLIC” on it
  24. is truly heraldic
  25. is quartered

Vexilloid Tabloids!

Have you been missing The Vexilloid Tabloid? The webmaster dropped the ball, but now has it back in play: Numbers 36, 37, and (the latest issue) 38 are now online. Here are some highlights:

The Vexilloid Tabloid #38, February 2013 (PDF, 1.7MB)

  • A Fine for NOT Flying a Flag (Ted Kaye)
  • Flags for TV Shows (Jason Sturgill)
  • The Chicago Flag — Anticipating Future Events (Michael Orelove)
  • Portland Flag Miscellany (Ted Kaye)
breaking-bad
Flag for the TV show “Breaking Bad” — see http://tvshowflags.tumblr.com

 

Portland flag on the "beeswax" buffer between car and bike lanes on NE Multnomah St.
Portland flag on the “beeswax” buffer between car and bike lanes on NE Multnomah St.

 

What's that proposed US state flag?  Patrick Genna shares Philip Tibbetts' designs.
What’s that proposed US state flag? Patrick Genna shares Philip Tibbetts’ designs.

The Vexilloid Tabloid #37, December 2012 (PDF, 1.4MB)

  • Flag Quotes (Ted Kaye)
  • Flags in Chile — A Sampler (Ted Kaye)
  • Hoover Dam Flags (Michael Orelove)
  • Astoria’s Scandinavian Flags
  • Portland Flag Miscellany (Ted Kaye)

 

The Twitter logo of @concertcoopPDX.  Concert Co-Op: PDX offers music news, concert tickets, and ticket giveaways.
The Twitter logo of @concertcoopPDX. Concert Co-Op: PDX offers music news, concert tickets, and ticket giveaways.

 

Michael Orelove on the way to Flagstaff, AZ with a US Route 66 flag.
Michael Orelove on the way to Flagstaff, AZ with a US Route 66 flag.

 

Ted Kaye with the flag of Magallanes y la Antartica Chilena (12th Region).  He found it in the village of Tenaun, which is in Los Lagos (10th Region).
Ted Kaye with the flag of Magallanes y la Antartica Chilena (12th Region). He found it in the village of Tenaun, which is in Los Lagos (10th Region).

The Vexilloid Tabloid #36, October 2012 (PDF, 2.4MB)

Patrick Genna and Vera Robbins march with Michael Orelove (not pictured) and the Kiwanis in the Troutdale Summer Fest Parade.
Patrick Genna and Vera Robbins march with Michael Orelove (not pictured) and the Kiwanis in the Troutdale Summer Fest Parade.
John Niggley shows the Östergötland banner of arms while Mike Hale looks on.
John Niggley shows the Östergötland banner of arms while Mike Hale looks on.
Ken Dale defines "flag".
Ken Dale defines “flag”.