About

Created by Lynn Fisher
Launched August 2019

This site is a meeting of two things for me: a budding vexillology interest and a love for visual design guides.

I’ve always loved the Arizona flag and consider it one of the best designed. After a visit to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and seeing all of the state and territory flags hung together in a row, I was eager to learn more about their designs and histories.

Some states and their laws include more details than others. A lot is up to local governments’ interpretation. Even more has been lost to history.

The content of this site was gathered from official laws, state offices, historical societies, and vexillologists. Many emails were written, phone calls made, and documents reviewed. But of course there is information still missing.

If you have questions or information to contribute, please reach out on Twitter, by email, or submit an issue on GitHub.

If you’d like to support this project and further research, please become a patron on Patreon.

Flag Stats

Some stats and numbers about common features and iconography across the 56 flags featured on this site.

  • 30

    Seals / Coats of arms

  • 29

    Fields of blue

  • 1

    Fields of green

  • 4

    Flags without blue

  • 387

    Stars

  • 30

    State names or initials

  • 1

    Non-rectangular

  • 5

    Saltires

  • 12

    Eagles

  • 17

    Specific varieties of plants/flowers

  • 7

    Goddesses

  • 3

    “God”

  • 12

    Cows / oxen

  • 11

    Horses

  • 3

    Deer

  • 2

    Moose

  • 6

    Buffalo

  • 1

    Beaver

  • 4

    Bears

  • 12

    Boats

  • 12

    Plows

  • 7

    Wheat

  • 3

    Anchors

  • 2

    Knights

  • 4

    Cornucopias

  • 11

    Suns

  • 5

    Guns

  • 4

    Swords

  • 1

    Train

  • 1

    Historical person