Vexilloid Tabloid

The Vexilloid Tabloid (ISSN 2474-1787) is the bimonthly newsletter of the Portland Flag Association.  It was founded in 1999 by John Hood (1934-2011), who edited and published it regularly beginning in 2004. Ted Kaye has been the editor since 2011.

Each issue features the What’s That Flag? quiz, Flags in the News (news stories featuring flags), Flutterings (highlights from the last PFA meeting), and Portland Flag Miscellany (news about Portland’s city flag), as well as feature articles on flag-related topics by PFA members and other contributors.  Each new issue is sent out to our email subscribers list as a PDF attachment.  If you would like to be added to that list, just email subscribe@portlandflag.org and let us know your name, contact info (address and e-mail) and interest in flags.

This page is our online archive, where you can find PDFs of the current issue, and of all back issues.  Please note that the entries below highlight some, but not necessarily all, of the features in each issue.

Latest Issue

Vexilloid Tabloid #65, August 2017 (tag: VexTab65)

  • Flag Burning in Portland (Ted Kaye)
  • Kids’ Flags from Room 25, Oak Knoll Elementary, Menlo Park (Bill Quarré)
  • Chicago Flag Finds a New Home in Gresham (Michael Orelove)
  • Reimagining the Royal and Vice-Regal Flags of the Commonwealth (Max Liberman)
  • The OPEN Flag (Carl Gurtman)
  • Proposed “American Resistance Flag” (Howard J. Wilk)
  • Pocatello, Idaho, Replaces its Worst-in-the-Country Flag (Ted Kaye)

Back Issues

Vexilloid Tabloid #64, June 2017 (tag: VexTab64)

  • Capitols on Capital City Flags (Michael Orelove)
  • Redesigning the Oregon Flag (Liam Dubay)
  • Composable Alphabet Flags (Scott Mainwaring)
  • Portland Police Bureau Flag (Ted Kaye)

Vexilloid Tabloid #63, April 2017 (tag: VexTab63)

  • Learning from Labrador (Scott Mainwaring)
  • A Flag for Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand (John Moody)
  • The Wavy Symbolism of Potamological Vexillology–in Puerto Rico (Carlos Alberto Morales Ramirez)
  • An Enormous Romanian Flag Made of Light (Ted Kaye)
  • Burgees of the Portland Area
  • Art in Second Life (David Koski)

Vexilloid Tabloid #62, February 2017 (tag: VexTab61)

  • The Origin of the PFA (Ted Kaye)
  • Book Review: 50 Facts You May Not Know About the Confederate Flag (Ted Kaye)
  • Alternative Flags for Earth
  • Update on Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Proposed Flag
  • Does the Deep Sea Need a Flag? (Carlos Alberto Morales Ramirez)
  • William & Mary … and St. Andrew (David Ferriday)

Vexilloid Tabloid #61, December 2016 (tag: VexTab61)

  • Whitney Smith, 1940-2016
  • Flag Change in Columbia, South Carolina (Ted Kaye)
  • The Fleur-de-Lis: From Lys to Lis, or from Flower to Emblem (Patrice de La Condamine)
  • Vexiday: The First World Vexillology Day (Scott Mainwaring)
  • Michael Orelove’s Burgees Make Port (Michael Orelove)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #60, October 2016 (tag: VexTab60)

  • 1 October Is World Vexillology Day (Scott Mainwaring)
  • How Albany, Oregon, Got a Flag (Cole Pouliot)
  • The Flag of Null Island (Ted Kaye)
  • 1993 Proposals for Macau’s Flag (Patrick Genna)
  • Powell Boulevard’s Flag Parade (Ted Kaye)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #59, August 2016 (tag: VexTab59)

  • Introduction: The 15th Anniversary of 9/11 (Ted Kaye)
  • Ice Cream Flags (David Koski)
  • Memories from a Flag Store on the Morning of 9/11 (Michael Hale)
  • The Flags of Boys State in Salem (Ted Kaye and Brian McKinley)
  • Biogeographical Vexillology of Puerto Rico (Carlos Alberto Morales Ramirez)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #58, June 2016 (tag: VexTab58)

  • Introduction: NZ, VT, and Albany (Ted Kaye)
  • A U.S. Canton Honoring Alaska (Michael Orelove)
  • A Flag for the Other Portland (Ted Kaye)
  • Czech Municipal Flags (interview with Petr Exner by Scott Mainwaring)
  • Redesigning the U.S. Flag (Scott Mainwaring)
  • New Flags for Australia’s States? (Max Liberman)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #57, April 2016 (tag: VexTab57)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #56, February 2016 (tag: VexTab56)

  • The Mere-Exposure Effect (Ted Kaye)
  • Flags for the Year 2016 (David Koski and Scott Mainwaring)
  • Counterchanged Flags (David Koski)
  • Flag for Cascadia by Night (Random Pendragon)
  • Swastikas in Japan (Alexander Baretich)
  • There Is No Flag Large Enough… (Scott Mainwaring)
  • Taíno Heritage in Puerto Rican Flags (Carlos Alberto Morales Ramírez)
  • Field Report — New Zealand (Ted Kaye)
  • Flag for The River of the Mind (Casey Sims)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #55, December 2015 (tag: VexTab55)

  • City Flag Redesign (Ted Kaye)
  • Field Report: New England & Canada (Michael Orelove)
  • Field Report: Australia (Ted Kaye)
  • Great Flag Resources on the Web

The Vexilloid Tabloid #54, October 2015 (tag: VexTab54)

  • New Zealand’s Flag Change (Ted Kaye)
  • Digitally Reimagining the US Flag (Scott Mainwaring)
  • The Red Cross Flag (Michael Orelove)
  • The Timber’s Army Flag

The Vexilloid Tabloid #53, August 2015 (tag: VexTab53)

  • The Confederate Flag Flap (Ted Kaye)
  • Flags of the Rose Festival Fleet (Scott Mainwaring)
  • A Flag for Pluto (Scott Mainwaring)
  • The Cascadian Nautical Flag (Alexander Baretich)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #52, June 2015 (tag: VexTab52)

  • A New Flag for Fiji–A Work in Progress (Ted Kaye)
  • US State Flag People: A Quiz (Scott Mainwaring)
  • Oregon Flag Registry Update
  • Washington Redux (Michael Orelove)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #51, April 2015 (tag: VexTab51)

  • The Oregon Flag Registry (Ted Kaye)
  • Las Banderas de Nuestros Hijos (book review)
  • The Portland Ska Flag (Casey Sims)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #50, February 2015 (tag: VexTab50)

  • The Vexilloid Tabloid at 50 Issues (Ted Kaye)
  • Provo Puts a Logo on a Bedsheet (Scott Mainwaring; previous blogged here)
  • A Flag’s Average Color (David Koski)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #49, December 2014 (tag: VexTab49)

  • The PFA Turns 20 (Ted Kaye and John Hood)
  • Bay Area Flag Report (Ted Kaye)
  • Flag Wrapping Paper (David Koski)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #48, October 2014 (tag: VexTab48)

  • Updating the Portland Flag’s Specs (Ted Kaye)
  • Raising the Alaska State Flag (Michael Orelove)
  • White Flags (Scott Mainwaring)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #47, August 2014 (tag: VexTab47)

  • The Canadian Native Flag (Curtis Wilson)
  • Toronto’s City Flag (Scott Mainwaring)
  • Nepal: One Flag – Four Hands (Michael Orelove)
  • Flags of “American Nations” (Ted Kaye)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #46, June 2014 (tag: VexTab46)

  • Remembering Sam Oakland (1934-2014)
  • Flags in the News: Ukraine Crisis
  • Recognizing the Malaysian Airliner Tragedy
  • Portland Flag T-shirts at City Club

The Vexilloid Tabloid #45, April 2014 (tag: VexTab45)

  • Ted Kaye’s field report on flags in Cuba
  • Flags as “organic nationalism”
  • Licensing the Portland flag
  • Flags at Portland fire stations

The Vexilloid Tabloid #44, February 2014 (tag: VexTab44)

  • The Wrong Dam Flag
  • Flags and the International Portland Review
  • The Portland Finial
  • Flags in the Portland mayor’s office

The Vexilloid Tabloid #43, December 2013 (tag: VexTab43)

  • Thai Vexillological Assn–PFA Ties
  • Michael Orelove’s Oregon Flag
  • Rainbow State Flags
  • Buona Bandiera, Brutta Bandiera

The Vexilloid Tabloid #42, October 2013 (tag: VexTab42)

  • The PFA Joins FIAV
  • The “Kingdom of Wallachia”
  • Gastro-Vexillology
  • Flags in the Books
  • Flags on a Baltic Cruise

The Vexilloid Tabloid #41, August 2013

  • Updating the Portland Flag’s Specs?
  • Flags at Camp Withycombe
  • Constitution of the PFA
  • A Newspaper Editor’s International Flags

The Vexilloid Tabloid #40, June 2013 (PDF, 1.6MB)

  • The Colors of Portland’s Flag (Ted Kaye)
  • A Mysterious Flag? (Sophie Rault)
  • John Hood’s Flags

The Vexilloid Tabloid #39, April 2013 (PDF, 2.0MB)

  • The Barbara Frietchie Story: Bogus (Ted Kaye)
  • The American Braille Flag
  • Portland Flag Miscellany

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)

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

The Vexilloid Tabloid #35, August 2012 (PDF, 2.5MB)

  • Turn-of-the-century “Yiddish Flag” Protest (Patrick Genna)
  • Elmer’s Flag and Banner in the Oregonian
  • Flag Retirement Ceremony
  • Mystery Flags

The Vexilloid Tabloid #34, June 2012 (PDF, 2.8MB)

  • South Dakota Proposal (Patrick Genna)
  • Mystery Flag (Michael Orelove)
  • Portland Cheers

The Vexilloid Tabloid #33, April 2012 (PDF, 1.6MB)
Good Flag, Bad Flag (Ted Kaye)
– Imperial Standards (Patrick Genna)
– Breton Thanks (Alain Raullet)
– Detroit, Michigan
– Portland Flag Miscellany

The Vexilloid Tabloid #32, February 2012 (PDF, 2.3MB)
– Joining FIAV
– Russian Political Party Flags 1989-present (Patrick Genna)
– A Chinese Flag-Making Kit
– Portland Flag Sightings

The Vexilloid Tabloid #31, December 2011 (PDF, 1.1MB)
– A Flag for All Mankind in the 21st Century (David W. Ferriday)
– Japanese Battle Standards (Patrick Genna)
– Remembering John Hood
– Book Review: New Wave – Facts about Flags (Ted Kaye)
– The Seal of the State of Jefferson (Michael Orelove)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #30, October 2011 (PDF, 0.7MB)
– Obituary: John Hood 1934-2011
– In John Hood’s Footsteps (Ted Kaye)
– United Nations Flag Project (Michael Orelove)
– Honoring the Designer of the “new” Oregon State Flag
– Old Glory Afghan (Michael Orelove)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #29, November 2010 (PDF, 2.5MB)
– Editor Wanted (John Hood)
– How Elements of Design Work (Patrick Genna)
– Travels with Michael (Michael Orelove)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #28, September 2010 (PDF, 2.3MB)
– Oregon Flag Registry (Ted Kaye)
– The Neutral Flags Fraud: How the new U.S. flag perpetuated the slave trade on behalf of the British Empire (Patrick Genna)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #27, July 2010 (PDF, 2.8MB)
– Let Your Flags Wave (John Hood)
– Flag Retirement Ceremony (Michael Orelove)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #26, May 2010 (PDF, 2.7MB)
– We Have a Flag — Now What? (John Hood & Max Liberman)
– Review of El libro del conocimiento de todos los reinos (The Book of Knowledge of All Kingdoms) edited and translated by Nancy Marino (Ted Kaye)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #25, March 2010 (PDF, 3.3MB)
– The Agony and Ecstasy of Choosing a Flag (John Hood)
– Michael Orelove is at it Again
– Women in Our Early Flag History (Marshall Goldberg)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #24, January 2010 (PDF, 2.1MB)
– A Ramble on Design Rules (David Rudolf Koski)
– A Flag from the Low-Lands (adapted from the Flags of the World website)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #23, October 2009 (PDF, 2.9MB)
– The Sàmi Flag (Marshall Goldberg)
– Portland’s Neighborhood Flags (John Hood)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #22, July 2009 (PDF, 3.8MB)
– King Maximilian Starts His Own Country! (Max Liberman)
– Nicknames of Flags (John Hood)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #21, April 2009 (PDF, 1.2MB)
– The Sun in Flags (Robert Stephens)
– Obituary: Douglas Lynch, 1913-2009 (Ted Kaye)
– Inauguration Flags

The Vexilloid Tabloid #20, January 2009 (PDF, 3.7MB)
– My Encounter With a Flag (John Schilke)
– Flags Around Town and Elsewhere (John Hood)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #19, October 2008 (PDF, 0.8MB)
– Flag Flying Days (John Hood)
– Review of Keim & Keim’s A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States through its Flags (Ted Kaye)
– Review of Taylor, Kendrick, & Brodie’s The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon (John Hood)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #18, July 2008 (PDF, 1.4MB)
– The Final Finial Finale (John Hood)
– Flag Society of Australia turns 25!
– An Astronomically Correct Flag of Alaska (Michael Orelove)
– John “The Flagman” Gazman’s Proposed State Flag Changes

The Vexilloid Tabloid #17, April 2008 (PDF, 1.3MB)
– GOOGLE-MANIA: Following the Yellow Brick Road from Pulaski and Plagues to Hillary and NAFTA (Marshall Goldberg)
– World Flag Update (John Carroll)
– The Seasons (Scott Mainwaring)
– Obituary: Harry Oswald, 1927-2008

The Vexilloid Tabloid #16, January 2008 (PDF, 2.0MB)
– One World, One Flag (Paul Carroll)
– Review of Henricks, Hirasuna, & Heffernan’s Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag (John Hood)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #15, October 2007 (PDF, 3.4MB)
– A New Flag for North America? (Ted Kaye)
– Timberline Lodge Celebrates 70 Years of Doug Lynch’s Art! (John Hood)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #14, July 2007 (PDF, 1.6MB)
– Portland Flag Association Teaching Flag (Michael Orelove)
– A Flag for the Portland Flag Association (John Hood)
– Some Old Designs for New Flags (John Hood/James Barker)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #13, April 2007 (PDF, 1.7MB)
– A Flag for Maturín, Venezuela (Ted Kaye)
– Banner Babble (Vivian Jackson)
– Offerings from Elsewhere: Tibetan Prayer Flags and the “First Navy Jack” (Harry Oswald)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #12, January 2007 (PDF, 2.5MB)
– Designing Flags for Fun and Exercise (Doug Lynch & John Hood)
– Confusable Flags (Scott Mainwaring)
– The Most Dangerous Flag in the World (Michael Orelove)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #11, October 2006 (PDF, 0.9MB)
– Stellar Flags (Scott Mainwaring)
– Pirate Flags, or What Johnny Depp Didn’t Tell You (Michael Hale)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #10, July 2006 (PDF, 2.5MB)
– Banner Babble (Vivian Jackson)
– Review of Ed Jackson’s Hallowed Banners: Historic Flags in the Georgia Capitol Collection (Ted Kaye)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #9, April 2006 (PDF, 1.0MB)
– Pax Cultura: A Red Crystal of Culture (Scott Mainwaring)
– Review of Kevin Harrington’s Sweden’s Story in Over 450 Flags (Vol. 1) (Ted Kaye)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #8, January 2006 (PDF, 1.2MB)
– The World’s Largest Kite is a Mega Flag (Mike Hale)
– New International Flag: The Red Crystal (John Hood)
– A Doggerel about a Finial for Maryland (Marshall Goldberg)
– Review of John M. Coski’s The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem (Ted Kaye)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #7, October 2005 (PDF, 0.9MB)
– Flags of the Inca Empire (John Hood)
– More Oregon Flag Suggestions from Doug Lynch (John Hood)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #6, July 2005 (PDF, 1.3MB)
– Thoughts on a New Flag for Oregon (Scott Mainwaring)
– Meet the World: National Flags as Political Charts (Scott Mainwaring)
– Walk of the Flags at the Oregon State Capitol (Mike Hale)
– Flag Flowers (John Hood)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #5, April 2005 (PDF, 1.3MB)
– Responses to the American City Flag Survey (Ted Kaye)
– Cascadian Flags (Mike Hale)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #4, January 2005 (PDF, 0.9MB)
– Flags as Artifacts, Flags as Symbols (Scott Mainwaring)
– A Flag for Mesa, Arizona (Ted Kaye)
– Yet Another Flag for Kansas City (Ted Kaye)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #3, October 2004 (PDF, 0.8MB)
– Results of American City Flag Survey (Ted Kaye)
– NAVA 38 Frivolities
– Vexillonnaire Awards to Douglas Lynch and Ted Kaye

The Vexilloid Tabloid #2, July 2004 (PDF, 0.7MB)
– New Flag for the City of Portland (Mason Kaye)
– Flags Over Antarctica (Ted Kaye)

The Vexilloid Tabloid #1, May 1999 (PDF, 1.4MB)