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[Flag of Lubbock, Texas] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 March 2008



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Description of the flag

The NAVA image at www.nava.org/.../Lubbock.jpg is a white flag with a very large juke box decor with city name, state map with location, the epithet "Legendary" and the nickname "Music crossroads of Texas". Though not named a flag, at police.ci.lubbock.tx.us/ this is given as what seems to be the city's official logo, though lacking the nickname. (With a different motto see www.kdav.com/images/convention_hj85.jpg, "Convention & Visitors Bureau"; context at www.kdav.com/scrapbook.html.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 March 2008

Here is the text of Joe Gulick from 2004 that clears the facts about two city flags:

"Lubbock's official city flag apparently is not the "Legendary Lubbock" flag that is currently standing in City Council chambers - and which received a low rating in a recent online survey of city flags. That flag's adoption by the city was an unofficial one. However, an earlier flag was officially adopted by the city on Feb. 11, 1971. That flag, featuring a red, white and blue color configuration similar to the Texas flag with a seal of Lubbock in the middle, has faded into obscurity. But it may well currently stand as Lubbock's official flag if its adoption was not repealed, according to the North American Vexillological Association book "American City Flags: 150 Flags from Akron to Yonkers." The 1971 flag was the result of a contest held by the Women's Club of Lubbock in 1970, according to the NAVA book. More than 100 designs were submitted, and the winning design was prepared by the city planning department staff.

Former Mayor Alan Henry and retired city employees recalled that there was an earlier flag that was the result of a contest, but they did not know the correct date. Henry thought it occurred at Lubbock's 75th anniversary in 1984, and longtime city employee David Jones thought it occurred at the time of the nation's bicentennial. No one could recall what the earlier flag looked like.

The current flag features a jukebox-design logo designed in 1996 by the Lubbock Convention and Visitors Bureau that reads "Legendary Lubbock." Under the logo are the words "Music Crossroads of Texas," which was a designation given to Lubbock by the Texas Legislature in 1999. The flag was first raised on April 5, 2000, by then-Mayor Windy Sitton and students participating in Local Government Week in Lubbock County, according to the NAVA book. The "Legendary Lubbock" flag was recently ranked 144th out of 150 in a survey of city flags in the United States on NAVA's Web site. Ted Kaye, who conducted the NAVA survey, said this week he thinks the "Legendary Lubbock" design is a great logo that did not work as a flag design. Just because survey participants did not like Lubbock's city flag did not necessarily mean they did not like the logo, he said. Lloyd Caballero, vice president of the Thomas Agency, which designed the logo, said that it was not designed to be a flag. "Logos are meant to be seen close-up on a flat surface and not moving," Kaye said. "What you draw or see on a piece of paper in front of you is not necessarily going to work well on a piece of fabric 200 feet away while it's moving - and when you may be seeing it from the back.""
Source: www.lubbockonline.com/stories/110404/loc_110404031.shtml.

Valentin Poposki, 26 February 2009

It looks like the Jukebox themed flag and logo are no longer in use. There is no sign of the flag in pictures that I can find of the council chambers, and the city has adopted a new logo. In this 2011 picture of the police honor guard, the previous Texas-y flag of the City of Lubbock appears to be back in use with the addition of a vertical white stripe along the blue bar at the hoist:
https://www.facebook.com/LubbockPD/photos/pb.186339492103.-2207520000.1404716233./10150183652152104/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/LubbockPD/photos/pb.186339492103.-2207520000.1404716233./10150183652657104/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/LubbockPD/photos/pb.186339492103.-2207520000.1404716233./10150183652362104/?type=3&theater

The seal is larger and more colorful than the one shown here, though I could not find one on the web.

New logo (not on flag): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d4/Lubbock_tx_city_logo.png
Dave Fowler, 7 July 2014


Former flag

[Flag of Lubbock, Texas] image by Blas Delgado, 19 February 2001

On a Texas style flag is a white map of Texas on a black circle. The black circle is bordered by a white band, which in turn is bordered by a black stripe. The date 1909 appears in the NE of the map in black, and the words CITY OF LUBBOCK TEXAS appear in black on the white band.
Mason Kaye, 8 June 2004