Flag of Iraq to Change
The Associated Press today announced that Iraq’s parliament voted to change the national flag of Iraq. The current national flag (on the top far left) consists of three horizontal stripes of red, white, and black with three green stars in the white stripe with the Takbir, the words ‘Allahu Akbar’ or ‘God is Great’, in green stylized Arabic calligraphy in between the stars.
13 Star Flags: How to Identify an Authentic 18c One
The Flag Act of June 14, 1777 states “…that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field…” Nowhere does it say how the stars were to be arranged. That is why there are so many different ‘national’ standards of this period simply because the star pattern wasn’t regulated until about 1912 or so.
Flags of Oz
Many generations have read the children’s book series “The Wizard of Oz” ever since L. Frank Baum published his first book in 1900. He wrote a total of 14 books for the series until his death in 1919 (his last book was published pothumously in 1920).
Flags of Political Parties
With the recent assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, any national funeral will feature the flag of the national party she headed. This great leader of independence for her country also featured flags of other political parties throughout Pakistan, both large and small.
The Unofficial Flags of the US
Since the United States first adopted the stars and stripes as the official flag design on June 14th 1777, it has been changed 27 times. At first an additional stripe as well as a star were added to the new flag when new states were recognized. That resulted in the only 15 star and 15 stripe US flag on May 1st, 1795.
Which is a better collectible: A 48 or 49 star flag?
It isn’t surprising that when asked to choose between a 48 star US flag or a 49 star US flag, invariably the 48 star flag is always chosen first. The reasoning is that the 48 star flag is older than the 49 star one and hence more collectible. The short answer is yes and no.
What flag is that?
The Chesapeake Bay Flag Association held a meeting at the Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland on November 10, 2007 as they do periodically. The Flag House is the site where Mary Pickersgill had sewn what is now known as the Star Spangled Banner flag, the one that flew over Fort McHenry during the bombardment of Baltimore by the British in 1814. This flag, now in the Smithsonian Institution, i
WWII Japanese Battle Flag
Here is an Imperial Japanese Army battle flag that I got from a WWII 77th Division veteran who fought in the Pacific Theater. He “liberated” the flag from a soldier on the island Cebu. I’ve never had the kanji translated. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The gentleman in the picture holding the flag is the the vet. He was a wonderful person to talk with.