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Bridgeton, New Jersey (U.S.)

Cumberland County

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[Flag of Bridgeton, New Jersey] image by Eugene Ipavec, 13 February 2009

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Description of the Flag

The City of Bridgeton (NJ) flag appeared on the 'Edwin's Stuff' eBay Store as offer no. 390001884067 (end 23 Oct 2008). Physical description including the Tumbling Waters Museum disclaimer, probably famous by now:
"Roughly 3 x 5 FEET (there may be a slightly shadowed area on the flags, either at top end or at left side where there was poor lighting when I took photos).  Made by PERMA-NYL ~ 100% NYLON ~ VALLEY FORGE FLAG CO. ~ SPRING CITY PA [/] ALL SEWN CONSTRUCTION. EXCELLENT CONDITION. (…) This and other flags were part of the Tumbling Waters Museum which sold out the collection in the early 80s to the Heritage Society because of financial difficulty in keeping the museum running, I was told. The best were kept and these are the culls."

Vertically divided blue-white-blue in a Canadian pale, the city seal in the centre: Indian with bow and arrow, looking to the right (our right, that is), standing on a ground, with hills in the distance, all yellow; background of seal, white; blue circular border - rimmed inside and outside in yellow - bearing yellow words "CITY OF BRIDGETON" (upper part) and "INCORPORATED 1865" (lower part) with two upright five-pointed stars, also in yellow, dividing them.

The flag is mentioned in the official city Code under § 26-1:
"A flag for the City of Bridgeton, County of Cumberland and State of New Jersey be and the same is hereby adopted and accepted as the Official Flag of the City of Bridgeton and the said flag is described as follows: the City Seal in gold with a royal blue border around the edge of said Seal, centered on a white background with royal blue stripes along the edge of the flag on either side of said Seal."

"Royal blue", granted. Small picture of seal on the city's website:

I do not know if the Indian is generic or represents a famous chief, in any case the site's 'History' section says: "The first recorded settlement dates to 1686 when Richard Hancock came here (…) The Lenni-Lenape Indians inhabited the region for thousands of years and were the neighbors of the small settlement around the mill. Bridgeton continues to be the home for Lenape Indians who are today known tribally as the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape."
Jan Mertens, 8 February 2009

Detail of Seal

[Flag of Trenton, New Jersey] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 June 2008