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At the 1978 annual meeting of the North American Vexillological
Association (NAVA), Whitney Smith gave a talk entitled “Flags of
Antarctica”. In it he proposed his design for Antarctica: an orange
flag with two hands under a sort of bowl.
John Andrew Lowe, 29 Nov 1995.
Having asked Whitney Smith just about this flag years ago, here’s, in a nutshell, the guidelines for his design:
Jan Mertens, 03 May 2003
In L’Album this flag is shown and listed together with a paragraph explaining its usage by the vessels frequenting the southern polar region. Page 315-2 of the Recapitulative nº 1 (1995) [pie95]:
Antarctic ensign; hoisted by any ship frequenting or visiting this continent and by the bases which are located there (as well as elsewhere for meetings devoted to Antarctica).This may prove that even if this flag is indeed just a proposal, it may be that until now it came into de facto use by some southgoing vessels.
(translated by Ivan Sache, 03 Jun 2000)
The Antarctica flag was removed from L’Album in one of the
last corrections, nº 27 [pay97].
Željko Heimer and Ivan Sache, 03 Jun 2000
The orange A flag was added to the Album in 1995 and later
found to be incorrect and altoghether discarded.
Armand du Payrat, 05 Jun 2000
But how did it appeared on the Album in the first place? Isn’t it
“just” Smith’s proposal for an Antarctica flag?…
António Martins, 04 Jun 2000
This is the symbolic flag for Antarctica I created for 3D Atlas.
Since we’ve sold over 1,5 millions copies of this atlas I think this
is now by far the most widely promulgated flag for the continent. It’s
very simple — just an outline of the continent on a
UN-blue background. I had to try very hard to
come up with a flag with no political bias, so as not to get into the
disputes between the UK, Chile and Argentina.
Graham Bartram, 22 Jul 1996
I invented and designed this flag. I have looked around other web
sites and found Antarctic flags (when there is one shown) to be very
stupid looking and boring. This one is very different, it is very simple
and does have a meaning. The pale blue strip represents pack ice, the
dark blue stripe represents the night sky and the yellow stripe is a
representation of the aurora australis. The famous stellar
constellation the Southern Cross is shown in the dark blue stripe at the
Dave Hamilton, 3 Mar 2000
This flag shows on a photo on those phony 50
bills. Depending on how widely these “banknotes” circulated,
this flag might have become widely known enough to be listed
António Martins, 19 Mar 2000
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