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American City Flags: 150 Flags from Akron to Yonkers Paperback – March 1, 2004
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About the Author
James Croft edited NAVA News from 1996-1997. Founder and director of the Institute of Civic Heraldry since 1980, his vexillological interests focus on city flags and coats of arms throughout the world. He has written extensively on municipal flags, including The Civic Coats of Arms of Mozambique and many articles on Canadian and U.S. civic flags. From 1975-1976 he lived in Johnannesburg, studying South Africas civic flags and coats of arms; his paper South African Civic Flags won the Association's Capt. William Driver Award in 1981. He chaired the organizing committee for the Association's 37th annual meeting in Montreal in 2003.
Rich Monahan, an Association officer from 2003-2006, holds an associate degree from the University of Akron and is the Vice President of the Great Waters Association of Vexillology and contributes to its journal, Flagwaver. He also belongs to the Canadian Flag Association, the Flag Institute, and the New England Vexillological Association. His interests lie primarily in how flags relate to the broad political and historical movements they represent. He is a sergeant in the Ohio Army National Guard, having served four years on active duty in Europe and at Fort Stewart, Ga.
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Many cities have flags and most people are not even aware of the fact that their city has a flag. This book shows meanings and histories of flags of 150 differnt US cities. This is a great book for anyone interested in flags or interested in the history of the United States.
I hope that another book will be released with additional flags in it.
When I first opened the book, I was disappointed; each article had only a black and white image of the city flag. But I soon found that (apparently to make the book cheaper to publish) all the main flags are illustrated in color in a separate section in the middle of the book. This changed my opinion. One thing I enjoyed was that for many of the cities, earlier flags that preceded the current one are also shown (but THESE are just in black and white). The flags of the boroughs of New York City and some other areas that are smaller than a city are also given, again only in black and white.
Each of the fifty state capitals is included, as well, when possible, as the largest-population cities in each state (in a couple of cases, the city had no flag, so the largest city with a flag was used instead) and enough other major cities (defined in terms of population) to make a total of 150 cities (actually, 149 cities and one county in Hawaii, since the city of Hilo does not have a flag and there was no other city flag besides Honolulu's to use).Read more ›