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image located by Ned Smith, 15 May 2013
Today's issue of the Long Island, New York, daily newspaper Newsday has an article on the 14 May 2013 adoption of a flag by the Town Council of Southampton for the hamlet/Census Designated Place of Flanders.
www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/girl-s-passion-for-flanders-flag-never-wavered-1.5263875 - the flag can be seen in the accompanying video.
Flanders is located within the Town of Southampton, Suffolk County, New York.
The flag was designed by Flanders resident Shannon Merker. It features a depiction of an iconic bit of local mimetic roadside architecture - the Big Duck. Mimetic architecture refers to buildings designed to call to mind the products they sell, such as hamburger joints shaped like hamburgers on a bun, or stores that sell honey shaped like beehives. The Big Duck was built to serve as a store selling locally grown duck or duckling.
In fact the Big Duck is such a prominent example of mimetic architecture, that "duck architecture" has become synonymous with the term.
The flag has narrow blue stripes at top and bottom. In the broad middle stripe the white Big Duck, outlined in black, with yellow bill and black eyes, floats on a white meandering river, w blue lowlands on the hoist side (tapering to a point at the fly end), and green lowlands on the fly side of the river. A white sky dominates the background, six stalks of the marsh vegetation called cattails flank the foreground. The upper blue stripe has FLANDERS in upper-case white letters. The lower stripe has two line of white letters:
Home of the Big Duck
Ned Smith, 15 May 2013