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Cleveland, Ohio (U.S.)

Cuyahoga County

Last modified: 2017-12-08 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of Cleveland, Ohio] image by Blas Delgado Ortiz and António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 February 2008

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Description of the flag

The flag is a ~2:3 vertical tricolor of red, white and blue, with an emblem on the middle stripe. The emblem is roughly shield shaped, made from two white, thick-edged separate parts, top and bottom, joint by a gap filled with the word "Cleveland", set in a thin squarish sans-serif font. The upper half of the "shield" is edged in blue, its upper side with two pointy tips, and contains two symbols, also blue: in the "dexter" a cogwheel with something and in the "sinister" something else. The bottom part of the "shield", with ogival tip, is edged in red and includes the date "1796" enclosed between two green (laurel) branches tied at their stems with a green ribbon. Bellow the "shield" black bold condensed sans-serif capitals reading the motto "Progress & Prosperity".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 February 2008

Variant Flag

[Variant Flag of Cleveland, Ohio] image by Blas Delgado Ortiz and António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 February 2008

Commonly we see incorrectly made flags with the only two colors (cheaper to make), showing the wreath in red and the lower motto in blue.
John Purcell, 1 August 2002

[Variant Flag of Cleveland, Ohio] image located by Valentin Poposki, 4 July 2009

A modified version of the Cleveland, Ohio, flag with additional text "ALL AMERICA CITY"
Valentin Poposki, 4 July 2009

1895 proposals

Three proposals thought to be by I.T. Frary, and found in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8 September 1895, page 21 have been posted on Flickr: The first image has a design consisting of two shields bearing the name "Cleveland." On one shield is a carpenter's square and machinist's calipers, typifying industries, and on the other the pilot house of a ship, typifying shipping interests. Between the shields is the torch of liberty with an incandescent light substituted for the flame. The second design shows a UK union jack-like arrangement with 8 white stripes, each with a star between them, and in the centre a seal showing an open book, which may represent the Bible, law or literature. On it rest a pen and a hammer, while above hang the scales of justice. On the seal is written VOX POPULI; VOX DEI; CLEVELAND. The third design is a framed white flag bearing in the center the torch of liberty, the wreath bearing the word LIBERTY, the date 1796 and the name CLEVELAND.

Valentin Poposki, 15 June 2011