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JerseyDevil
03-01-2007, 05:58 PM
Do you know what the New Jersey State Flag looks like? I bought one the other day and I have it hanging. I was shocked to find out that my cousin had no idea what one looked like. He kept telling me how nice the flag looks and then finally asked - "you did know what the NJ State Flag looks like right?" - Then he said no - that he never knew what it looked like. He said he knows what the NY flag looks like - but not New Jersey's. The real sad thing is - I know he's not alone in this. I was at Washington Crossing State Park and I was walking behind this family. The father looked up at the flagh poles - and wondered out loud what flag that was. He said "it must be Pennsylvania" :roll: That one was really bad because they didn't even know what STATE they were in.

This is the New Jersey State Flag for those who don't know -

http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/images/AboutNJ/realFlag_lrg.jpg

What gets me about New Jersey's flag is that there are no standards with it. The goddesses wear various colors, the background is different colors. There is no consistency. Now this is different then the fact that many websites completely misrepresent the state flag. Most corporations work very hard on their identities and everything in their logo is completely spelled out. Most flags are handled the same way - so why not New Jersey's?

Go out and ask people if they can describe what New Jersey's flag looks like. I would be interested in seeing how many people you find who have no idea what it looks like.

For more information on the New Jersey State Flag - look at NJ Symbols and Flag (http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/AboutNewJersey/Facts/stateSymbolsFlag.htm)

NJPRIDE
03-02-2007, 05:34 PM
I wonder how many people know the colors of N.J.s flag was picked out by George Washington. He picked those colors because of our (N.J.s) Dutch heritage. As far as the man who thought it was Penns. flag at Washingtons Crossing, I came across someone who claimed they lived in Jersey for a couple of years and they said that there was no Washington Crossing State Park in N.J. I then told this person where the park was and he said it did not matter because the one in Penn. was better. I fly a N.J. flag along with my Rutgers flag when tailgaiting at Rutgers football games.

Impeach Corzine
03-03-2007, 08:15 AM
First I would like to thank you for posting this. How sad a time we live in when people in the country and this state canít even tell us about our own history. They are more concerned about Anna Nicole and where she will lay to rest.

The Great Seal of New Jersey was actually designed by Francis Hopkinson who hired Pierre Eugene du Simitiere, a prominent heraldic artist in Philadelphia. Hopkinson a Bordentown attorney and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Hopkinson was also the designer of the first U.S. flag and portions of the Continental currency. An expert in heraldic symbolism, Hopkinson used old world icons to mark the most important attributes and qualities of New Jersey and its people:

Agriculture
The central visual element of the design is a shield with three plows, a representation of the critical importance of agriculture to every aspect of daily life and government. The state's economic power as well as its military signifigance was based on the fact that it was the bread basket of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Abundance
The female figure on the right in the seal is Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain. She holds a cornucopia representing the extraordinary fertile soils and natural abundance of the state's fields, forests and waters.

Liberty
The female figure on the left is Liberty, holding a staff topped with the same kind of "Liberty cap" worn as a symbol of rebellion by patriots throughout the colonies.

Sovereignty
Sitting atop the shield between both females is the helmet of a knight's suit of armor a traditional old world symbol of state sovereignty that is also said to be a symbol for the importance of human intelligence and honor to the affairs of state.

Strength
Framed in plumes above the helmet is a horse's head marking the fact that New Jersey was a major center for the breeding of horses. The equestrian head also symbolizes the attributes of strength, speed and utility in war or commerce.

Hope for the Future
And below it all, in a banner anchored at its center with the year of independence, is the new state's motto: "Liberty and Prosperity" the two post-war goals of all those in the Indian King Tavern that day who signed this seal into law and, in other legislation, officially changed the status of New Jersey from that of a colony to that of a soverign state in an independent nation.

Jersey Warren
03-08-2007, 04:09 PM
Thanks for writing all that, everyone. I just added an icon of the New Jersey State flag as my avitar yesterday, before I read any of this!

I have several small NJ state flags that I use to decorate my office at home. One is mounted in a stand I made from an empty Taylor Pork Roll box! :)

JerseyDevil
03-08-2007, 04:23 PM
Thanks for writing all that, everyone. I just added an icon of the New Jersey State flag as my avitar yesterday, before I read any of this!

I thought it was because you read this thread that you ended up using the state flag as your avatar. :)


I have several small NJ state flags that I use to decorae my office at home. One is mounted in a stand I made from an empty Taylor Pork Roll box! :)
I have a mall state flag on my desk. I would like to get one that I can have on my car. :) Like one of those banner ones that you hook up to the window.

njriverman
12-06-2009, 10:34 PM
I like the animated ones...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3f/Animated-Flag-New_Jersey.gif

JerseyDevil
12-07-2009, 02:41 PM
I like the animated ones...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3f/Animated-Flag-New_Jersey.gif
I do too - but it's not the New Jersey state flag - it's the wrong color. So if people do a correct one - then I would post it. Since when is our state flag a copper brown color?

Jersey Warren
12-07-2009, 02:45 PM
I do too - but it's not the New Jersey state flag - it's the wrong color. So if people do a correct one - then I would post it. Since when is our state flag a copper brown color?

Absolutely correct, JD. The New Jersey State flag takes its colors from the buff and blue (buff trousers, blue coats) of the NJ militia during our War for Independence. George Washington, who spent several winters of the war in New Jersey, is often depicted wearing those colors.

njriverman
12-07-2009, 09:52 PM
http://www.virtuallandmedia.com/flags2-2/us/NEWJ.GIF

better color

JerseyDevil
12-08-2009, 02:54 PM
http://www.virtuallandmedia.com/flags2-2/us/NEWJ.GIF

better color
Close - but our flag is not bright yellow. It seems the people who make these graphics - have never been to NJ and probably have never seen an actual New Jersey flag.