Thursday, August 27, 2015

Our Flag

St. Louis Flag

St. Louis has a pretty good city flag.  We used to have a lame one. This banner was adopted in 1964 and was designed by some professor at Yale.  According to the city ordinance adopting it:
The flag with a solid red background has two broad heraldic wavy bars, colored blue and white, extending from the left top and bottom corners toward left center where they join and continue as one to the center right edge. This symbolizes the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Over the point of confluence a round golden disk upon which is the fleur-de-lis of France (blue) calling attention to the French background of the early city and more particularly to St. Louis of France for whom the City is named. The golden disk represents the City and/or the Louisiana Purchase. (Heraldically, the disk is a "bezant" or Byzantine coin signifying, money or simply purchase.)
The flag's colors recall those of Spain (red and yellow or gold), Bourbon France (white and gold), Napoleonic and Republican France (blue, white and red), and the United States of America (red, white, and blue).
This mosaic version is on the outside wall of a bar called The Whiskey Ring at Cherokee and Ohio on the south side.                            


PerthDailyPhoto said...

It is a good flag Bob, lot's of history in the details, thanks for explaining.

Birdman said...

Ours has a 'phoenix rising' that denotes the great fire that destroyed most of the city and its RETURN.

William Kendall said...

I like the design. Ours has a green and blue colour scheme and a stylized O.

cieldequimper said...

That's a beautiful mosaic and a lovely flag!

Stefan Jansson said...

I like the mosaic.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I haven't really thought about city flags. This one is very cool.