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The Seal and Flag of the Vice President of the United States (2/25/08)
Coat-of-arms of the vice president, patch, 1948 to 1975Much has been written about the seal of the president of the United States. It is a more powerful, more visible office, of course, but in many ways the influence of the vice president can be just as significant. Yet, recognizing the symbols of the office isn’t that high on a collector’s radar. More >>


Presenting to 1st Graders (2/24/08)
My sonI own an overly large naval standard for the president of the United States. At 10 by 16 feet it takes up the entire living room at home. My 8 x 12 U.S. flag with 45 stars from about 1900 is big enough for anywhere, too. But, they are hard to appreciate all folded up. They both, though, have one other thing in common besides being oversized. First graders love ‘em. More >>


The Service Banner (2/9/08)
Gold over blue star bannerUnited States Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the Fifth Ohio Infantry was proud of his two sons. They, like him, were serving in the military during World War I, most likely overseas. To honor their commitment in service, he designed a simple small banner in 1917 that showed two blue stars on a white background and displayed it at home. More >>


Unique 37 star U.S. flag (2/6/08)
37 star U.S. flag using a forerunner of the silk screened process, c. 1870s, closeupThe 37 star U.S. flag was created in 1867 for the admission of Nebraska as a state. It lasted until the admission of Colorado in 1876. This flag, though, was quite unique. It was made using a patented resist-dye process on wool bunting. You can see the silk screen-like look in the stars in the closeup photos. More >>


British National Flag of World War II (2/5/08)
British National Flag hand made in Belgium, WWII, closeupThere’s a mystery to this flag. Here is what we do know. It is definitely the flag of Great Britain and that it is definitely of World War II vintage. It is truly a big flag measuring 50 x 70 inches or about 4′ to almost 6′. We know that it was made in Belgium and appears to be completely hand made using a standard home-based sewing machine, not a commercial one. More >>


Good Flag, Bad Flag: Five Ways to Design a Good Flag (2/2/08)
Bad Flag - State of New HampshireThere really is no such thing as a bad flag. Any time a community reaches out to symbolize their past, their achievements, and their people is a good thing. Still, there are ways for your community to be remembered more easily when it comes to your flag design. So, here are five basic things to remember: 1. Keep it Simple: A flag should be so simple a child can draw it from memory… More >>


Concentration Camp Symbols of World War II (2/1/08)
fake concentration camp armbandDuring the NAZI era of 1930-1940 Germany, the World War II era, the government created a state policy where ‘undesirable’ groups within Germany and any of its occupied territories were isolated from the general population. These groups were identified as Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, criminals, political prisoners, and emigrants. More >>


SA Dagger Imposter (2/1/08)
SA Dagger Imposter, closeup of scabbard that should be brown, not blackCuriously enough, this SA dagger came into the shop recently and only after careful examination after the fact revealed that in fact this official looking SA dagger was an imposter. Here’s how I can now tell: - the color of the handle and the scabbard should be brown, not black, - the handle itself could be a reproduction and the scabbard changed to reflect the reproduction, More >>


Military General Staff Collar Insignia (1/25/08)
Aide to the General staff collar insigniaThe U.S. military, like any military around the world, identifies its military specialties by uniquely designed patches, ribbons, badges, pins and other items. Below are the general staff and higher rank collar insignia as described by the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry: More >>


Flag of Iraq to Change (1/24/08)
Proposed new flag of IraqThe 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. More >>


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