State Flags through the Decades: The 1920’s Part I

Welcome to the fourth segment of “State Flags through the Decades”. This week we will be breaking the 1920’s into two parts as there were eight state flags adopted during this time period!

To refresh your memory, the 1800’s held many red white and blue flags and carried us into the 1900’s and 10’s where state seals and logos boomed with popularity. Will we continue to see state seals and logos as we enter into the 1920’s or will a new trend appear?

In part one we will discuss: New Mexico, Iowa, Washington and Vermont, which leaves us to discuss Arkansas, Oregon, West Virginia and Alaska on Friday!

New Mexico – 1920


The New Mexico flag is the second state flag discussed so far to not have blue on it! The flag is yellow and has the red sun of Zia placed in the center. The flag has heavy influences of Spain and the conquistadors to highlight each ones influence in the state.

Iowa – 1921


Iowa’s state flag is a tricolor of blue, white and blue and reflects Iowa’s history as part of the French Louisiana Territory. Within the white strip is a bald eagle with a long ribbon that reads “our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain”, taken from the state seal of Iowa. The word Iowa is placed directly below the ribbon in red.

Vermont – 1923


The state flag of Vermont holds the state’s coat of arms and motto on a field of blue. The shield is supported by pine branches while the inside of the shield stands a pine tree to represent the Vermont forests. There is a cow and three sheaves of wheat flanking the pine tree to represent the dairy and agriculture industries. There is a deer head above the shield to represent Vermont’s wildlife. In a red ribbon below the shield is the motto “Freedom and Unity”.

Washington – 1923

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Would you be any less surprised to see George Washington on the Washington state flag? This is also the third state flag to not have blue on it. The Washington state flag is a dark green field with the state seal in the center. The seal is a portrait of George Washington with a ring surrounding him that reads “The Seal of the State of Washington 1889”. 1889 was the year Washington was admitted into the Union.

So, what did the beginning half of this decade present to us? Another red white and blue flag, another state seal on a blue flag and two non-blue unique flags! Excited to see what Friday holds? So are we!

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