|[Let it fly!]|
I know what you're thinking.
"Saint Paul has a flag?"
Yes, yes it does. It's a fine flag. Maybe not the best flag in the world, but better than most city flags. Solidly above average.
Here's a bit of history from my blog post on the flag's history from a few years back:
The Mayor’s office does actually have flier on display with some information about the flag. Here’s what they say:
Saint Paul had a flag contest back in 1932 and Gladys Mittle was chosen as the winner of the best design of the Saint Paul flag on November 22, 1932. Her prize for the best design was $150.00. Gladys was an art student at the College of St. Kate’s.
$150.00 back in 1932 would be about $2,400 today, so that’s an OK haul.
I like this story. Apart from a page in Polish, there is absolutely no information about Gladys Mittle on the internet. I wonder what she was like. I wonder if she lived long enough to see her flag completely forgotten by the city around her. She is Saint Paul’s Betsy Ross!
|[MN Historical Society photo of Mittle with her flag in 1932.]|
Over the past two years, inspired by a friend in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood, I've been organizing flag purchases. They're cheaper if you team up in groups. Since the first order, I've helped about sixty people get their hands on a fine Saint Paul flag. Since then, the yellow, red, and blue flag have been spreading through the city slowly but surely like toe fungus.
Since the "Saint Paul flag campaign" began in 2013, city flags have only grown more popular. Check out Roman Mars' talk about city flags, or the campaign of this guy from Milwaukee to fix the Milwaukee city flag which, along with Minneapolis' juvenile effort, ranks as one of the worst in the Midwest.
It's also interesting to see where the flags have caught on in the city. The distribution is clustered around what I call the "flag district," the area centered just south of Hamline-Midway.
Here's the latest map:
|[Ward 2 is on the rise!]|
The working thesis here is that the more people fly flags the more people fly flags. So why not get one yourself?
Why not get one for a friend?
Why not get two and fly them on both sides of your house?
- What: a Saint Paul Flag
- How Much: $52 for a 3' x 5' large flag or $38 for a 2' x 3' small flag
- When: any time in the next two weeks (or until we hit our minimum order)
- How: via Paypal simply donate the proper amount adding a note with your address... Or via check, email me a note [blindeke at gmail.com] and send to 148 West George Street #7, St Paul 55107
If you live in Saint Paul, I offer bicycle flag delivery to your address. Otherwise, you'll have to pick it up from me.
Remember, flags fly forever!
Well, that's not quite true. Saint Paul flags fade slowly over time, but like most things in this fine city, they seem to get better with age. Get one of your own and share the Saint Paul.
|[Clockwise from top left: Mac-Grove, West Side, Hamline-Midway, West End.]|