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by Edward Mooney and Albert S Kirsch, 10 January 2000
This is a "Comparative Flag Dimensions"
sheet I created to be able to send to people who write in asking about this
subject; I have had a few messages about this. Usually they are asking something
like this: is a 3x4 flag is longer looking than an 18x25 flag? The chart is a sampler
of flag dimensions, for educational purposes.
Edward Mooney, 10 January 2000
Flag ratios are typically measured by the height of the flag (the side closest to the pole or staff, i.e. hoist) by the length of the flag (the top or bottom of the flag extending from the hoist to the free end, i.e. fly). The following are some flag ratios in use. Italicized entries represent current dependencies, departments, subdivisions and colonies. The table is listed in decreasing size.
1:2 | 1:1.9 | 21:40 | 11:20 | 5:9 | 4:7 | 10:17 | 3:5 | 11:18 | 5:8 | 7:11 | 17:26 | 2:3 | 7:10 | 5:7 | 18:25 | 8:11 | 3:4 | 28:37 | 4:5 | 6:7 | 13:15 | 1:1 | 4:3
Historically the sizes of flags were determined in part by the width of the bunting available.
The selvage edge of the fabric provides the greatest strength, so the selvages
were incorporated in the seams of garrison flags to give the greatest strength.
For storm or smaller flags, the fabric was split down the center so that each
seam had at least one selvage edge for strength. This criterion was most
important for the construction of a large flag.
Fonda Ghiardi, 15 June 2020