Why Flags, Anyway?
It has been paraphrased that flags are the shorthand of history. They can be used to "stir men´s souls," to represent our values, both cultural and historical, and to provide both inspiration and fear. They can lead men and women to greatness and disaster. They can bring out the very best in mankind, and the very worst.
This flag database is not meant for the serious vexillologist or scholar, it is rather for the beginning or recreational flag historian. It attempts to connect flags to their historical context, but makes no attempt to cite sources and documentation for its information as any good scholarly flag research should, but instead it attempts rather to begin the process of scholarship by generating a basic interest in vexillology itself.
Why These Particular Flags
This database began as a series of lesson plans about flags developed by a high school history teacher named Pete Loeser for his students. The first lesson was about an area in Poland known as East Prussia, then came England, and these were followed by lessons about different time periods in the United States. The database was meant to support these lesson plans. The Prussia page grew into a Germany page, etc. Then the collection kept growing. As the site grew, vexillologists became interested and helped him improve and build the site, and it just continued to grow. So basically, there is no real logical way to explain why some flags are included and some are not. It basically is just what Pete found or got interested in. Nevertheless, at last count, there are over 3000 historical flags on over 100 pages divided into historical categories or topics, illustrated, and identified in this database.
Giving Credit for Flag Images and Research
If you desire to use any of the flag images used on this site, we've added an "Artistic Credit & Contact Information" page. (You will find that if you place your cursor over any image on this site the artist's name will be revealed.) Most of the artists just want to be given credit for their excellent creations and give it freely as long as you are not using their work for commercial reasons.
Important Note: If an image ever fails to appear - refresh your page - they are all really there, but sometimes fail to load the first time because of computer timeouts.
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