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Akron, Ohio (U.S.)

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[Flag of Akron, Ohio] image by António Martins, 1 October 2002

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Description of the flag

The flag changes with the change in the seal. It now contains three dates: 1981 - 1995 - 2008.
Randy Young, 10 January 2015

Previous flags

1981 flag

[Flag of Akron, Ohio] image by António Martins, 1 October 2002

Akron's previous flag has a white field with the city seal in the center. The seal features an American shield, which recalls the design of the All-America City program's shield, awarded to cities meeting the program criteria. Akron's shield is divided roughly into thirds horizontally. At the top of the shield are two rows of five white five-pointed stars on a dark blue field. In the center section is AKRON in black on white. The lower third displays six red and five white vertical stripes. Around the shield and the white field on which it rests is a dark blue ring on which 1981-ALL-AMERICA CITY-1995 curves clockwise above, and CITY OF INVENTION curves counterclockwise below, all in white.

SYMBOLISM: Akron, having twice won the distinction of "All-America City" (in 1981 and 1995), has chosen to pattern its seal to commemorate that award. The ten stars represent the ten wards of the city. CITY OF INVENTION refers to Akron as home to the National Inventor's Hall of Fame at Inventure Place, a museum of inventors and inventions.

SELECTION: Prepared by the mayor and his chief of staff. Officially adopted: March 1996.

DESIGNER: Mayor Don Plusquellic and his chief of staff, Joel Bailey.

John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

1965 flag

[Seal of Akron, Ohio] image by Rob Raeside, 2 June 2014

Akron's former flag also places the city seal in the center of a white field. That former logo-type seal is oval, oriented horizontally. On a blue background is a rhomboid (a diamond shape). A horizontal blue line that narrows at both ends at the two horizontal points of the diamond divides it horizontally, producing two isosceles triangles. At the inner ends of the line are two short vertical lines the same width as the greater part of the horizontal lines, in a "T" turned sideways. Between the two inner ends, a white tree trunk expands above into five straight white branches tipped with arrowheads: two horizontal, one vertical, and two halfway between the others. The branches are on a field of red, with a white border that forms an "A" with very short feet. The trunk extends below the centerline to form five white roots, similarly placed below as the branches are above, but on a blue background, again with the white "A" border, this time inverted. Curved clockwise over the top of the oval is THE CITY OF, curved counterclockwise below the oval is AKRON OHIO, all in blue. Between the two groups of letters on either side are five small red isosceles triangles resembling sun's rays emanating from the oval. The overall effect is that the bottom half is a virtual mirror image of the upper half, with the differences noted. The flag's proportions are 5:7 (usage).
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Detail of seals

Current Seal

[Seal of Akron, Ohio] image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 March 2009

Former Seal

[Seal of Akron, Ohio] image provided by António Martins, 1 October 2002