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Tampa, Florida (U.S.)

Hillsborough County

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[Tampa, Florida] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 June 2008



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Description of the Flag

A modified burgee-shaped flag with red-white-blue stripes near the hoist, a blue stripe horizontal, yellow-red-yellow vertical stripes in the center, red-white-red horizontal chevrons toward the fly, and red and green trim at the fly, all on a white field.  Fourteen white stars are arranged on the blue stripes.  At the center is the city seal.
Source: NAVA City Flag Survey

The NAVA image is at www.nava.org/Flag%20Design/City%20Survey%202004/city_flag_photos/Tampa.jpg and shown in the American Flag Survey (2004) and American City Flags (Purcell, 2003).

The official page about the flag at www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Clerk/Information_resources/archives/City_of_Tampa_Flag.asp says that "Until 1930, the City of Tampa had no flag. In June of that year a local industrial engineer presented Mayor D. B. McKay with his original design symbolizing the city’s multi-national heritage. McKay, in turn, presented the banner to the Board of Representatives and recommended that it be adopted as the official flag of the City. Meeting on July 1, 1930 the Board acted favorably on the recommendation. One week later during a session of the Board, Mayor McKay publicly and officially accepted the flag from its designer, F. Grant Whitney. Red, white, and blue for the Stars and Stripes, the red and gold of Spain, the British Union Jack, the red, white and green of Italy and the French tricolor were used to portray the countries that contributed to the growth of Florida."

The photo at the official city website (www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Clerk/Information_resources/archives/Records/Images/City_of_Tampa%20_Flag.gif ) seems to show the same version of the seal as in the NAVA image, (also shown here: www.creativeartsinc.com/gs_tpa2.html ) and not the more stylized (more recent?) version used standalone by the city (e.g. at www.flachildrensmuseum.com/Images/TampaCitySeal.gif ) as in the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:TampaCityFlag.PNG flag image used in Wikipedia and many other sites.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 June 2008


Ybor City

This postcard was sold on E-bay in February 2005.  It appears to show a flag of Ybor City, a district of Tampa, diagonally quartered green, yellow, red and blue, with a central circular emblem incorporating the name and a cigar, and a narrow centered vertical white stripe.
located by Dov Gutterman, 22 February 2005
Ybor City website

Tampa has the oldest Cuban-American community in the US (19th century). Ybor City is the district where they've settled.
Al Kirsch, 22 February 2005