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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: North American Vexillological Association (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974772801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974772806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,344,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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American City Flags is a wonderful panoply of civic symbolism...in an engaging style backed by sound scholarship. --Dr. Whitney Smith, executive director, Flag Research Center, The Flag Bulletin, March 2004

About the Author

John M. Purcell, Ph.D., (1932-2012) was a member of the Raven editorial board and served as the Association's president from 1981-1983. His vexillological writings appeared in The Flag Bulletin, Raven, NAVA News, Banderas, and Banderín, among others. Co-editor of Flagwaver, the journal of Great Waters Association of Vexillology from its inception in 1996 until 2012. As a Whitney Smith Fellow and honorary member, he held two of the Association's highest honors. He also received the New Directions in Vexillology Award from the Canadian Flag Association. At his death, he was professor emeritus of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Cleveland State University (Ohio).

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 Africa’s 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great resource for the flags of the cities of the United States. It was published by the North American Vexillological Assaciation which is one of the leading flag research organizations if the world. (Vexillology is the study of flags.)
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce R. Gilson on January 16, 2008
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The flags of the various states in the US are comparatively well known and easy to find. Not so the flags of the much larger number of municipalities in the US. I grew up in New York City and have seen its flag a lot (though the current flag is somewhat changed from the flag I grew up with), and in some of the places where I have been (e. g. Chicago), the municipal flag is seen often enough that I knew what it looks like. But many of the cities of the US have much less easily viewed flags (I lived in Philadelphia for several months and never saw what the city flag looked like). This book helps remedy this lack (though, actually, I wish they had included more than the 150 they did, the only reason I gave this only 4 stars and not 5).

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).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VegasJunkie11 on July 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
The item was sent in great shape. Great care with shipping. THANKS!
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