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Grand Rapids, Michigan (U.S.)

Kent County

Last modified: 2017-08-20 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of Grand Rapids, Michigan] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 February 2008

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Description of the flag

Blue-white-blue vertical triband with city seal in center.

A large image of the seal can be seen at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Grand_Rapids_MI_Seal.jpg
António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 February 2008

From the official city website, www.grand-rapids.mi.us/:

"The Grand Rapids City Seal was designed and engraved by Aaron Turner, the City Clerk in 1850. The motto, "Motu Viget," means "strength in activity." Officially adopted by the City Council on June 25, 1850, the seal depicts a hand reaching down from the clouds holding the scales of justice. Centered on the seal is the American Eagle protected by a shield. At the eagle's feet are the points of arrows."
Ned Smith, 22 February 2008

Logo Flag

[Flag of Grand Rapids, Michigan] image by Pascal Gross, 6 March 2002

A blue flag with a central device comprising a ring of yellow disk overlain by an irregular red shape, and a broad blue wavy line across it.
Dov Gutterman, 6 March 2002

On the city website there's a logo image, like that on the flag, with a tool-tip saying "The City of Grand Rapids' logo was designed by Joseph Kinnebrew, an internationally recognized sculptor and painter. The logo incorporates a yellow sun, blue river, and a red representation of the La Grande Vitesse sculpture by Alexander Calder. The logo is used on everything from street signs to refuse trucks. This logo (c) Copyright 2002 City of Grand Rapids."
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 July 2002

The logo flag is seen more these days than the official flag.
John Purcell, 22 July 2004

Former flag

[Flag of Grand Rapids, Michigan] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 August 2017

The former flag of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was adopted 09.03.1896.
Valentin Poposki, 24 June 2012

It is a rectangular flag, maybe 3:5, white with a broad darkest blue horizontal stripe, apparently taking 1/3rd of the flag’s height; on each of the white stripes, at the hoist, a dark red trapeze filling the flag corners and extending off the hoist along the edges ~9/14ths of the flag’s height and only ~4/9ths at their shortest base, these trapezes separated from the blue stripe by a narrow (white) gap.

On the blue stripe the words "Furniture City" set in golden serifless capitals with thick white fimbriations. On each of the two red trapezes, the same facade view of a local factory, with a pointy pediment, two smoking chimneys, and rows of windows in two stories, all in white with golden details. The original image shows a golden fringe along all three free edges, as well as a golden flag staff and a golden cord with a tassel, but I think that it is not integral to the design. I think it is (was!) an interesting design, passible of simplification for a good vexillographic result.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 August 2017

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