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Georgia in the Soviet Union

Gruzinskaâ SSR / Sak̛artvelos SSR

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Грузинская ССР / საქართველოს სსრ

Flag of Georgian SSR in 1951
image by Željko Heimer | two-sided
See also: External links:
  • “soviet” site dealing with the 15 federal units which composed the soviet Union in its latest stage (constitution quotes from the 1980 versions), depicting (quite poorly) the respective flags and arms.
    reported by Zach Harden, 25 Nov 2002

Description of the flag

Red hammer and sickle with star in a blue sun in canton, blue bar in upper part of flag. Adopted 11 April 1951
Željko Heimer

Specs.: stripes and canton unknown!; hammer-and-sickle placement and size unknown! Is the star really solid red, not fimbriated?
António Martins, 19 Jun 2001

Official documents do not give any explanation of the symbolic of the colours of the new flags. However, the history of the republics, their geographical position and images of coats of arms allows to explain with sufficient authority the symbolic of the colours of state flags of federal republics. »(…)« On the flag of Gruzian SSR dove-blue horizontal stripe represents the Black Sea and the dove-blue sun in square canton — unclouded sky of sunny Georgia.
Željko Heimer, 1996, translating from [iva71]

There is no documentation to sustain this statement: The certitude with which those conjectures were put forth raise all sorts of “red flags” with me…
Ned Smith, 15 Jul 2005


Reverse of the flag

Georgian SSR (rev.)
image by Željko Heimer and António Martins, 11 Oct 2006 | two-sided reverse

No hammer, sickle and star on the reverse side [generic prescription for all soviet flags].
Mark Sensen, 25 May 1997

How did the Georgian SSR flag reverse look like?…
António Martins, 28 Nov 2002

Officially reverse looked like obverse without star and hammer-sickle. But in fact I never saw these flags without star, hammer-sickle. Real flags (all 15) usually were either with reverse analogous to obverse (but with star and hammer-and-sickle near the hoist) or with reverse = mirrored obverse.
Victor Lomantsov, 30 Nov 2002

If the hammer and sickle were not present on this flag, the sun will be just blue.
Zach Harden, 29 Nov 2002

Incorrect reverses

Mirror image

Georgian SSR (err.rev.)
image by Željko Heimer and António Martins, 11 Oct 2006 | two-sided reverse

Real flags (all 15) usually were either with reverse analogous to obverse (but with star and hammer-and-sickle near the hoist) or with reverse = mirrored obverse.
Victor Lomantsov, 30 Nov 2002

Flipped hammer and sickle

Georgian SSR (err.rev.)
image by Željko Heimer and António Martins, 11 Oct 2006 | two-sided reverse

The Georgia SSR flag that I own has the hammer and sickle, which is red, on both sides.
Zach Harden, 29 Nov 2002

Real flags (all 15) usually were either with reverse analogous to obverse (but with star and hammer-and-sickle near the hoist) or with reverse = mirrored obverse.
Victor Lomantsov, 30 Nov 2002


Incorrect depiction in medium blue

Georgian SSR (err.)
image by Željko Heimer and António Martins, 06 Sep 2003

This kind of error was perhaps usual, as the stripe was simply a blue cloth while the canton was most of the times printed with blue paint on red cloth, and shades might not always coincide.
António Martins, 06 Sep 2003

In this “soviet” site the Georgian SSR flag is shown with two different shades of blue — both argueable light, but the stripe slightly darker than the canton.
António Martins, 29 Nov 2002


Coat of arms

soviet georgian CoA
image by Marcus Schmöger, 04 Sep 2001 (source: [hzg80])

The emblem of the SSR was introduced 28 February 1922 (according to Hesmer [hes92]) and replaced by the [1990-2004] one on 11 December 1990. The purplish colour in the SSR emblem referred to the historical colour that can also be found in the [1990-2004] emblem and national flag. The central symbol in the SSR emblem (Mt. Elbrus) can also be found in the current arms.
Marcus Schmöger, 16 Sep 2001


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