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Illinois Anniversary Flags

Centennial, Sesquicentennial

Last modified: 2009-06-27 by rick wyatt
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Centennial flag

[Illinois centennial flag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin


"In 1918 Springfield artist George H. Schanbacher painted the eagles and shields between the corbel statues in the upper rotunda as part of Illinois' centennial celebration. Mr. Schanbacher also decorated the ceiling of the State Library (now Senate Minority offices) with murals of owls in 1888. He returned in 1923 and painted over his earlier work when the Library was converted into a legislative lounge. The aforementioned shields have 10 stars on either side of a blue ribbon with a large white star in the center. This represents 10 northern and 10 southern states at the time Illinois was admitted to the Union, with the large white star representing Illinois, the 21st state. This banner was designed by Wallace Rice of Chicago in honor of the 100th anniversary of Illinois statehood. Mr. Rice also designed the city flag of Chicago."
Dov Gutterman, 28 December 2002

Vertical orientation

[Illinois centennial flag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, reoriented by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 March 2009

As the original version of the flag of Chicago is a [vertical] banner, a hanging flag, I would suggest that the Illinois Centennial flag, which is also by Wallace Rice, may likewise have been a vertical design. This would explain why the elements appear to cling to the hoist.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 March 2009

Sesquicentennial flag

[Illinois sesquicentennial flag] image located by Valentin Poposki, 27 January 2009

Another postcard on flags theme. Here you'll find a postcard showing the Illinois sesquicentennial flag:
Valentin Poposki, 27 January 2009

The flag is dark blue, with ring of stars, one removed and enlarged. In center a large letter I, with a red map of Illinois on it.