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0315: 


 

maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state, on March 15, 1820. It was formed after seceding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The whole process was part of the Missouri Compromise.

The capital of Maine is Augusta, and this capital city (OOPS! Not that Augusta. THIS Augusta. Sheesh! Who knew someone could confuse same-named cities of different states?) is the third-least populous state capital in the US. For perspective, Augusta (ME) is just a tad bigger than Troutdale. Believe it.

Maine's "same-as-so-many-others, state-seal-on-a-blue-background" flag is below (clickage will give it to you bigger (as if you are interested):

 

Maine Flag

 

Yeah, it's not any better, or worse, than Oregon's, right? But let's move on.

Maine’s largest city is, of course, Portland, with a metro population of about 500,000. Our Portland’s metro population is some 2.3 million.

This brings us to a “Current Event” story from this week. (Remember Current Events in grade school?): A couple o’ missiles were evidently discovered on a passenger jet in Serbia. (Yes, said missiles were determined to be "dummy" missiles, but this is an important story nonetheless.) It was originally reported that the missiles were destined for Portland, Oregon.

It later came out that they were going to Portland, Maine.

The Board of your RASH thinks this is heinous. We’re tired of the City of Roses constantly having to use its last name (Oregon), when so many cities of similar—and smaller—size and stature are on a first-name basis with the rest of the country (a few examples: Cleveland, Buffalo, Memphis, Charlotte, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, San Antonia, Sacramenta, Boring, etc. ALL of these cities are basically either the same size, or smaller than Portland [,Oregon], yet you know these cities, even when their last name (their state) isn't mentioned, right?).

Thence our new poll: The RASH would like to know: Do you think one of the Portlands should change its name? You know, to reduce confusion? Please take the poll. Take it. Take it HERE. Feel free to chime in with comments on our Facebook page (after you LIKE it!). (BTW, we like positive comments—those what agree with our position—more than negative ones. Just so you know.)

Your feedback regarding our unhealthy compulsion regarding vexillology is solicited. Additionally, your poll-taking feedback is also appreciated. Thank you.

 

RASHj

 

 

 

0304: 


 

only four US States can boast that they were actually a sovereign state (nation) before they became an American state: California, Hawaii, Texas, and today's birthday state. It was the 14th state to be admitted to the Union. [Clicky on the flag to see it better.]

  VT

 

Without looking at the lettering on the State Seal, did you know the name of this state? The capital is Montpelier.

Your feedback regarding our unhealthy compulsion regarding vexillology is solicited. Thank you.

 

RASHj

 

 

 

0303: 


 

sunshine State. That's today's birthday state. It was the 27th state to be admitted to the Union. [Clicky on the flag to see it better.]

  Talahassee

 

Without looking at the lettering on the State Seal, did you know the name of this state? The capital is Tallahassee.

Your feedback regarding our fascination with vexillology is solicited. Thank you.

 

RASHj

 

 

 

0301: Two state's birthdays, again


 

we celebrate two states' birthdays today. First, in 1803 our first birthday state became The Union’s 17th. This state’s swallowtail flag is the only state flag that is not rectangular. It features 17 stars (get it? 17th state?) and what looks like a rudimentary, first-draft of the Target logo. Jus’ sayin’. [Clicky on the flag to see it better.]

  Columbus2

 

Do you know the state over which this flag flies? Hint: The capital is Columbus. This city is also the state’s largest city-proper. (Mouse over that capital’s name to see the state.)

Yet there’s a bit o’ trivia that most nonresidents of this state don’t know: It wasn’t until 1953 that Ohio was officially admitted by formal Congressional resolution.

More trivia? Okay: Ohio’s two largest metro areas are Cincinnati and Cleveland. 2014 populations:

Cincinnati 2,149,000
Cleveland 2,063,000

Although Cincy’s metro area has more people, some of that area lies in Kentucky (as some of Portland's lies in Washington). Cincinnati’s airport is actually across the border, in KY. So some like to say the largest metro area within Ohio is actually Cleveland, since it is all within Ohio.

Even more trivia? Okay: Neither of those two metro areas are as large as Portland/Vancouver: 2,348,000 (2014).

But wait! There's more!

Ohio shares its birthday with another state! Yes, also on March 1st (in 1867) this state became our country's 37th. Its flag is yet another example of boring, vexillologically repugnant, same-as-so-many-others state flag design: State seal on a blue background.

When flown outside (as most flags are), the viewer would be hard-pressed to know what this flag represents, unless he already knew beforehand. Yet, a flag is supposed to be recognized as a symbol of what it represents, no?

Fail.

 

NE

 

K. Wherewuzz-I? Oh yeah. The state. Do you know it? Click on it. Did you know it before you read the name (another no-no in flag design: words) on the state seal? Yeah, it’s Nebraska. What’s the capital? (Mouse over the state’s name for the answer.)

Trivia: As it stands now, this 37th state’s population ranks 37th among the 50. Who knew?

Your feedback regarding our fascination with vexillology is solicited. Thank you.

 

RASHj

 

 

 

0214: Two state's birthdays


 

quite possibly, Oregon is the greatest state in the Union. Today, the Beaver State celebrates its birthday! In 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state, on February 14. Unfortunately for Oregonians (and the world), our state flag violates multiple good-flag protocols. Scroll down for a link regarding those protocols; shan't go into that here. Oregon's flag is currently the only state flag that has a different Reverse from its Obverse (front).

 Oregon map outline

OregonFlag   OregonBeaver

   

Click on the flag to enlarge it. What's the capital of Oregon? Salem. Who's the guy standing on the top of the Capitol dome? The Oregon Pioneer (pictured above).

But wait! There's more!

Oregon shares its birthday with another state! Yes, on February 14, 1912, the state whose flag is below became the 48th state.

 

Phoenix

 

This state's capital is Phoenix (also its largest city). Hover your cursor over that city's name to see the name of the state (if you don't know!).

Your feedback regarding our (perhaps unhealthy) obsession with vexillology is requested. Thank you.

 

RASHj

1788-0206


 

in 1788, on the 6th of February, this state (officially, a Commonwealth) became the sixth to ratify the US Constitution. Here's its flag:

 

Boston

 

Click on the flag to enlarge it. Hover over the name of it's capital & largest city, BOSTON, to find out this state's name (duh)!

Your feedback regarding our (perhaps unhealthy) obsession with vexillology is requested. Thank you.

 

RASHj

1861-0129


 

the identity of today's birthday state is painfully obvious. That's because Kansas' flag (like so many other state flags) violates a basic principle of good flag design: A flag shouldn't have any lettering or official seals. Here's its flag:

 

Kansas

 

Click on the flag to enlarge it. What's the capital of Kansas? Hover HERE to find out!

Your feedback regarding our (perhaps unhealthy) fascination with vexillology is requested. Thank you.

 

RASHj

1837-0126


 

the 26th state admitted to the Union was done so on this day in 1837. Here's its flag:

 

Lansing

 

What's the state? If you click on the flag to enlarge it, there might be a few clues in the motto under the shield, as well as the supporting animals of said shield. Hover your cursor over the capital's name to reveal the state: The capital is Lansing.

Your feedback regarding our fascination with vexillology is requested. Thank you.

 

RASHj

1788-0109


 

we inaugurate our Vexillology section with a state flag. We'll be featuring all of the US state flags on that state's birthday (anniversary of admission to the Union). So, today's state was admitted on January 9, 1788. Here's its flag:

 

Hartford

 

Do you know it? You should have enough hints already to narrow it down a bit. 1788 should tell you something. I'll give you a hint; hover Mousie over the capital's name to reveal the state: The capital is Hartford.

Your feedback regarding our fascination with vexillology is requested. Thank you.

 

RASHj

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