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PostSubject: Vexillology   Fri 12 Sep 2014, 15:48

Following on from the flags in the Elephant in the Room thread, I thought it might be fun/interesting to take a look at flags and their history over the years.

This is the Gadsden Flag "Don't tread on me" from 1775 at the beginning of the American War of Independence:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_flag
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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Fri 12 Sep 2014, 15:55

From the same period, the Join or Die flag for the American colonies;

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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Fri 12 Sep 2014, 16:04

The home made "Come and take it" flag from the Texan Revolution. The "it" being a small cannon which had been provided for defence against Indian attack to the citizens of Gonzales, TX, and which they refused to give up when summoned to by the Mexican authorities;

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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Fri 12 Sep 2014, 16:22

Flag of the Eureka Stockade;

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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Fri 12 Sep 2014, 16:29

To err is human, to arrr is pirate.

One version of Bartholomew Roberts' flag;

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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Fri 12 Sep 2014, 16:32

Dickin's banner;

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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Fri 12 Sep 2014, 17:03

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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Fri 12 Sep 2014, 17:08

Oh bugger ferval, you beat me to it. Sheldon & Amy's Fun With Flags was the first thing that sprang to mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Sun 14 Sep 2014, 12:37

A dragon in the centre of the  UJ would be great - unless of course it looks as if Wales wants independence........
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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Sun 14 Sep 2014, 23:33

Here's a site created by someone at the University of Otago:

http://www.otago.ac.nz/philosophy/Staff/JoshParsons/flags/meth.html

In it the flags of the world are graded aesthetically with points deducted for various violations etc. It's quite funny.
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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Mon 15 Sep 2014, 07:53

Very amusing Viz, I like the comment:"Some countries' flags look like tea towels. If you'd rather be using the flag as a tea towel, and your tea towel as the flag,
give it an F."

Hence the F (fail) rating for the flag of Guam:



... and the comment: "Name of country written on flag in ugly typeface. Notice that the M of Guam is larger than the other letters. I have given it this high a grade because it would actually make quite a nice tea towel."
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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Mon 15 Sep 2014, 11:15

It's more bathmat than tea towel.
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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Mon 15 Sep 2014, 11:34

An article about the Draco standard of the Late Roman Period;

http://www.fectio.org.uk/articles/draco.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Mon 15 Sep 2014, 18:51

Bring on the Wessex dragon!
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PostSubject: Re: Vexillology   Tue 16 Sep 2014, 09:02

Wessex Dragon as shown on the Bayeaux Tapestry, Priscilla;



and a modern illustration, which shows the windsock design more clearly;

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