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[flag of City of Anaheim, California] 5:7 image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.



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Current Flag

Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

The flag of Anaheim is a horizontal tribar of light blue, white, and light blue stripes in proportions of 1:2:1. Centered on the top stripe in black block letters is CITY OF ANAHEIM; likewise on the bottom stripe is FOUNDED 1857. In the center of the white stripe is the city’s seal in full color, 2 units in diameter on a field of 5 units by 7 units. The outer edge of the seal is a dark green. Immediately within it are two concentric circles somewhat narrower than the outer edge, forming a ring of the same color. Curved clockwise within the top part of the ring, in an Arial font, is CITY OF ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA, and below, counterclockwise, FOUNDED 1857, all in dark green. Dots at 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock separate the two legends. Within the inner edge of the ring is another green circle that matches the outer edge of the seal in width and surrounds the body of the seal, which depicts a colorful view of a typical agricultural farm. In the foreground on the hoist side are nestled a half-dozen yellow lemons; on the fly side are five oranges, some with leaves attached. A wreath of dark green citrus leaves extends from the lemons and oranges to the top of the circular scene, diminishing in width as it rises. Five sun-dappled brown walnuts rest atop the pile of lemons and oranges. As a background to the fruit, a vineyard of 11 green rows appears in the distance. A white house with a red roof stands to the left of the vineyard. Behind it is another taller building, also white with a red roof. Beyond the vineyard, the land is divided into two strata, green over yellow, above which rises a snow-covered mountain range in blue and white, topped by low-lying white clouds and a bright blue sky. Spaced across the strata are five oil derricks, appearing to be at varying distances, in dark blue.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

The seal depicts the agricultural origins of Anaheim and Orange County that centered on Valencia oranges, walnuts, grapes, and lemons. The oil derricks represent industry; the San Gabriel Mountains are visible from many parts of the city. The city’s seal was adopted on 24 May 1960. The artwork is very reminiscent of a fruit box label.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Selection

By the mayor, Fred Krein.
Flag adopted: 11 April 1967 (unofficial).
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

Howard C. “Bud” Nagel, Public Information Officer.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

More about the Flag

The first flag was presented by Mayor Krein in a pre-game ceremony when the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers opened the 1967 American League season at Anaheim. Governor (later President) Ronald Reagan and Gene Autry, star of western-themed movies, took part in the ceremony.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

The seal on the web may not be the "official" depiction, but the whim of the artist who drew it. Resolution #6040 (May 24, 1960), adopting the seal, does not provide for any colors; it is shown in black and white. The copies of the seal in color sent to me in October, 2001, by the Anaheim Public Library of publications from the city describing their mission and goals, are all shown with a white outer ring and black lettering. Not infrequently, when no colors are specified for a part of a flag or seal, artists and flag manufacturers interpret them as they wish. Thus it is hard to say, without seeing one, which version of the seal the current flag may show.
John Purcell, 28 January 2008

In this specific case the flag (or at least one exemplar of it) does appear to have a dark blue ring; the letters are either white or a light gold.
Ned Smith, 28 January 2008

[flag of City of Anaheim, California]  [flag of City of Anaheim, California] images by António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 June 2008

Based on these photos, we can say that there is an alternate depiction with 2:3 ratio (wider than the image in American City Flags and the American City Flag Survey) and black seal rim with white letters (unlike images at the official website, with golden letters on dark blue rim). The exact depictions used in these sources (black letters on white rim) and ratio shorter than 2:3 are shown here. As said by John Purcell, these are variations caused by less strict manufacture guidelines, not vexillologically meaningful alternates.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 June 2008


Former Flag

[flag of City of Anaheim, California] image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.

The city does not consider that there was a former flag, as such. However, the flag presented in the 1967 ceremony differs from the current version in that the first flag was swallow-tailed, with proportions of 3:5. The city seal, without the outer ring and lettering, was set near to the hoist, instead of occupying the center of the white stripe. Otherwise, the details are the same. It is not known when the shape changed to a rectangle.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003