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I am more-or-less expert in vexillology (the study of flags). My expertise is particularly strong in North America at the level of city and county, but if I don`t know the answer I know a dozen people who do. So if there`s a flag in the newspaper or on TV that you have trouble identifying, let me know. I`ll do my best. But PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME TO APPRAISE A FLAG'S VALUE: (1) I have no expertise in that area and (2) even if I did, I cannot appraise something I can't see. Take it to a museum which has a specialist in textiles and the like.

Experience in the area

In this field, I designed the flag of Carroll County, Illinois, in 1974 (see You can see my personal flag at

What do you like about this subject?

I like the design and symbolism, and by now have over 3000 in my collection.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

A new flag every day :-)

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Betsy Ross's design probably never flew, and the term "Stars and Bars" does *not* refer to the familiar Confederate flag with the 13 stars on the blue cross.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Think about *why* South Carolina hoisted its Confederate flag in 1962 and you'll know why it shouldn't be there now. See also the flag changes of Georgia and Mississippi (which voted not to change it).

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Recent Answers from Albert Kirsch

2017-03-29 historical flags:

The second one sounds like a service flag for some organization with 34 service members. The first one I have no clue about - I'll post it and see what happens. The dimensions suggest it was a long decorative

2016-04-16 ID a Burgee:

Post your question to the "Flags of the World" group on Facebook or scour their website ( or, if you have the patience, wade through the international burgee registry

2016-01-27 WWII Flag:

I have no idea what it might be worth but I expect not an awful lot. Mare Island was a major naval base/shipyard in the Oakland, CA, area during the war, and lots of ships and flags came out of there.

2015-11-28 Position of POW/MIA flag:

You misread some answer I gave. Mr Buss is 100% correct; the POW/MIA flag is the flag of a private organization and is junior to all government flags of whatever level.     Aside: Much the same is also

2015-10-03 50 star american flag:

It is not a collectible, though it is an "official" US government flag. By that I mean its dimensions are those specified in the official description of the flag, a ratio of 1:1.9. (Typical popular flags


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