What the Canadian Flag Could Have Been

Image of the Canadian flag.

There has been a lot of buzz about the Canadian flag these past few weeks. February 15 was the 50th anniversary of the famous Maple Leaf flag. Not to mention that in the days leading up to the anniversary, old photos of proposed Canadian flag designs emerged online. These Canadian flag designs were submitted by both independent artists and ordinary citizens when Canada was in the process of selecting a new flag in 1964.

The current Canadian maple leaf flag has become one of the most famous flags in the world. But what if that flag had never been adopted and an entirely different flag was in place? Would the flag still have the fame that it does today? What would be different?

These are all relevant questions, but we will never know what could have been. Take a look at the proposed Canadian flag designs below and let us know what you think! Which flag is your favorite? Do you like any of the proposed designs better than the current design?

Other Maple Leaf Designs

As one of the primary symbols of the Canadian nation, there were numerous other flag designs that prominently featured a maple leaf. Let’s check them out first.

Image of a proposed Canadian flag design.

Image of a proposed Canadian flag design.

Image of a proposed Canadian flag design.

Image of a proposed Canadian flag design.

Image of a proposed Canadian flag design.

Out of the Box Flag Designs

Not all of the submitted flag designs were legitimate, however. Take a look at some of the creative and probably sarcastic flag designs.

Image of a proposed Canadian flag design featuring the Beatles faces on it.

“Everyone loves the Beatles! Why not put their faces on our national flag?” – says the person who designed this flag. A creative attempt yes, an actual contender, probably not.

Image of a proposed Canadian flag design featuring the geographical features of Canada.

This flag design gives an accurate depiction of the Canadian landscape, but it looks more like a painting than a flag. There is too much activity going on in this design, which makes it highly unlikely that it was seriously considered.

Image of a proposed Canadian flag design.

There’s also a lot going on here – too much to explain.

Source: National Post

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