67. U.S. Diplomatic Flags 20th Century



The diplomats sent abroad by the U.S. Government to man embassies and consulates identify these facilities with the Stars and Stripes. The diplomats themselves had no distinctive flags until the 20th century. In the early days of the republic it was traditional for small boats of the U.S. Navy to display a jack in the bow of any small boat carrying a United States Counsel. In 1910 this tradition was codified by the U.S. Department of State when it authorized a white capital “C” to be inserted into a circle of 13 white 5 point stars. This was to recall the supposed first jack used by diplomatic personnel.

In the 1920s the Department of State started to use the arms of the United States on its flags, reminiscent perhaps of the fact the Secretary of state is the keeper of the U.S. Great Seal. Today, courteously, the flag of an accredited U.S. Ambassador is the U.S. arms on a white disc encircled by 13 white stars, while the Secretary of State utilizes the same device with only four stars, one in each corner. Ambassadors accredited to organizations display the reverse, a white flag with the arms encircled by 13 blue stars.

 

U.S. Diplomatic Flags 20th Century Grouping

 



7 RESULTS
Item Ref Item Name Sub-Collection
U.S. State Department - Ambassador's Flag. ZFC3274 U.S. State Department - Ambassador's Flag. Jim Mountain Military Historical Sub-collection
US // Brass Spear Top Ornament for ZFC 3274 ZFC3322 US // Brass Spear Top Ornament for ZFC 3274 Jim Mountain Military Historical Sub-collection
U.S. Department of State - Consular Flag. ZFC2414 U.S. Department of State - Consular Flag. U.S. Goverment
U.S. Department of State - Ambassador's Flag. ZFC3071 U.S. Department of State - Ambassador's Flag. U.S. Goverment
U.S. Ambassador's Flag. ZFC0527 U.S. Ambassador's Flag. U.S. Goverment
U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO ZFC2464 U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO U.S. Goverment
US // Diplomatic Flag Pole ZFC3285 US // Diplomatic Flag Pole Jim Mountain Military Historical Sub-collection

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