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Antarctica — flag proposals
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image by Željko Heimer, 5 July 1996
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 November 1995
Having asked Whitney Smith just about this flag years ago, here's, in a nutshell, the guidelines for his design:
Jan Mertens, 3 May 2003
- Orange colour: good visibility in the extreme Antarctic climate. And it does not resemble the national flag of any country active on that continent.
- Emblem: the "A" is self-evident. The hands hold a segment of a disk representing Earth, in other words the part of the globe below the South Polar Circle.
- Position of the emblem: next to the flagstaff, as it will still be visible if the rest of the flag is frayed, even torn away, by the strong Antarctic winds.
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, 3 June 2000)
Željko Heimer, 22 May 2000
The Antarctica flag was removed from L'Album in one of the last corrections, nº 27 [pay97].
Željko Heimer and Ivan Sache, 3 June 2000
The orange A flag was added to the Album in 1995 and later found to be incorrect and altoghether discarded.
Armand du Payrat, 5 June 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, 4 June 2000
image by Graham Bartram, 22 July 1996
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 July 1996
image by António Martins, 19 March 2000
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 right.
Dave Hamilton, 3 March 2000
This flag shows on a photo on those phony 50 "Antarctican dollars" bills. Depending on how widely these "banknotes" circulated, this flag might have become widely known enough to be listed here.
António Martins, 19 March 2000