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[Flag of Manchester, New Hampshire] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 March 2008



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Description of the flag

The NAVA image at www.nava.org and shown in the American Flag Survey (2004) and American City Flags (Purcell, 2003) is of seal on a white field. A large detailed image of the seal is at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Manchester_City_Seal.png (used in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester%2C_New_Hampshire). Apart from the lack of colors it differs in the design shown for the flag in American Flag Survey (2004) and American City Flags (Purcell, 2003) in the exact attitude of the crest. I made a new image based on this design, recolored to match the image American Flag Survey (2004) and American City Flags (Purcell, 2003).

The seal shows a crested shield within a circular ring reading "City of Manchester" from 10 to 2 o'clock and "incorporated June 1846" on the opposite sector, both set in golden yellow serif capitals on a black background separated by small suns. The shield is party per fess and the I party per pale, all three areas thus delimited showing local scenery. Above the shield, as crest, a human arm brandishing a hammer and scroll reading "LABOR VINCIT".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 March 2008


Detail of the seal

[Flag of Manchester, New Hampshire] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 March 2008

The Latin motto, "Labor Vincit", translates to "Hard Work Prevails".
Ivan Sache, 24 August 2016


Possible flag change

Aldermen signed off Tuesday on setting up a committee to solicit designs for a new civic flag for Manchester, while making no promises the effort would actually result in a new banner for the Queen City. While openly disagreeing on the need for a new city flag, members of the Aldermanic Committee on Administration and Information Systems voted unanimously to put together a committee to go forward and ask the community to submit designs, saying the exercise could generate a boatload of civic pride, if not a new banner.

Board of Mayor and Aldermen Chairman Pat Long of Ward 3 told committee members he was approached by city resident Adam Hlasny with the idea for a citywide effort to design a new flag for Manchester. Hlasny said he was inspired by a TED talk given by Roman Mars, the host of a design and architecture radio show. In the talk Mars said while there is something powerful and unifying about a well-designed city flag, there are a lot of badly designed ones.
www.unionleader.com - New Hampshire Union Leader, 16 August 2016

Manchester resident Adam Hlasny will go before the Aldermanic Committee on Administration and Information Systems today at 5:30 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall to pitch his idea for a city-wide effort to design a new flag for the Queen City.

"The vertical tricolor design is a tribute to Manchesterís French, French-Canadian, and Irish heritage, while brick-colored gears represent the industry and hard work that made and continue to make Manchester great," said Hlasny. "They each have six teeth, in sum representing Manchesterís 12 wards, working in cooperation to propel the city forward."

The flag also contains a blue center stripe representing the Merrimack River running through the city, while a green stripe represents the cityís 900-plus acres of parks and green spaces.
www.unionleader.com - New Hampshire Union Leader, 15 August 2016

Adam Hlasny's profile: www.snhpc.org
Ivan Sache, 24 August 2016