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image by Randy Young, 24 June 2014
- indicates flag is known.
- indicates it is reported that there is no known flag.
Municipal flags in Saratoga County:
I just visited the Saratoga County Historian's Office on the 18th and got for Saratoga County, New York.
First and foremost, here is a scan of the current county flag, as personally scanned for me by the Saratoga County Historian, Lauren K. Roberts:
A caption on a black-and-white scan of the same image, again provided to me by the Saratoga County Historian Lauren K. Roberts, reads:
"Saratoga County flag first unveiled at the dedication of the new Saratoga County Infirmary, Ballston Spa, New York, on Sunday, November 5, 1972."
An official description of the history and the significance of the design of the county flag, again provided to me by the Saratoga County Historian Lauren K. Roberts, reads:
"Larry Gordon and John Stroll worked jointly on creating the artwork for the official flag of Saratoga County. The flag is predominantly white with a blue central circle that depicts the surrender at the Battles of Saratoga in the fall of 1777. Three of these flags were ordered by Larry Gordon around the year 1976 for the bicentennial. The flag was registered with the Secretary of State's Office as the official flag of Saratoga County. Three flags were ordered; two in satin and one in cotton which was used as a parade flag.
Sometime before the flag was finished, the artwork was changed from the artists' original intent. The flag depicts the traditional 'Betsy Ross' American Flag [sic] which consists of a circle of thirteen stars in the upper left corner of the surrender scene. This flag was not in existence at the time of the surrender and is therefore chronologically incorrect.
Also, sometime after the flag was made someone sewed 13 blue felt stars around the outside of the central circle. These stars were not part of the original flag design.
The original artwork for the flag was formerly located in flat drawers in the vault of the Board of Supervisors Office but is no longer there. As of this time, it is not known where the original artwork is located."
Paul Bassinson, 23 June 2014
The 13 stars are not present in the photograph, for whatever reasons.
The charge on the other side shines through on the photographs, showing that at least the text is in obverse on both sides. Since we're looking at the reverse, and the flag in the seal is flying dexter hoisted, it's likely the entire seal is in obverse on both sides.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 June 2014
image by Jens Pattke, 25 June 2014
This variant of the Saratoga County, NY, has stars and seal scene are dark blue.
Jens Pattke, 25 June 2014
located by Paul Bassinson, 8 December 2016
Image obtained from saratogacountyny.gov.
located by Paul Bassinson, 27 April 2019
This image is of a proposed new flag of Saratoga County, New York, seen at
Saratoga Flag, A Broadway Banner and Graphics Co., LLC in Gansevoort, New York.
Paul Bassinson, 27 April 2019