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Piauí (Brazil)

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[Flag of Piauí (Brazil)] 7:10 by Joseph McMillan
Adopted 24 July 1922

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Flag of the State of Piauí

The flag was created by a law of 24 July 1922. The blue rectangle symbolizes the state represented by a star in the blue sky, and its union with Brazil, symbolized by the green and yellow bars.
Jaume Ollé 28 June 1996

The flag was adopted by article 2 of law number 1050, which says "The flag of the state uses the national colors, green and yellow, alternating in seven stripes of the first and six of the second, having in the upper left corner a blue rectangle, on which is a white star, symbolizing Piauhy as a unit of the Brazilian Federation, all according to the model at annex no. 2."
Joseph McMillan, 8 September 2002

Possible Historic Variant Flag of Piauí, circa 1930

[Possible Variant Flag of Piauí] by Joseph McMillan

A set of printed cards issued with bars of Eucalol soap in the early 1930s shows a green flag with a white diagonal band, upper hoist to lower fly, for Piauhy, as the name of the state was then spelled. I have no idea where this comes from; the present flag had been adopted in 1922 and looks nothing like this. It is probably a complete error.
Joseph McMillan, 13 February 2003

This flag is the one of the state of União do Jehova, established in 1950 with its capital in Cotaxé, that lasted until 1954.
Jaume Ollé, 16 February 2003

There was such a flag, but the separatist state to which it belonged (União de Jeová, located in the state of Espírito Santo) had nothing to do with Piauí and was not created until 1952. So, although of the same design, this could not be the flag portrayed on the Eucalol soap card issued in the early 1930s.
Joseph McMillan, 19 February 2003

19th Century Merchant Ship Pennant

19th Century Ship Distinguishing Pennant, Piauí (Brazil)by Joseph McMillan

Some states had old maritime ensigns in the 19th century, including Piauí.
Jaume Ollé, 8 December 1999

The French Navy's Album de Pavillons of 1858 shows a set of galhardetes (normally translated pennants) flown by Brazilian merchant ships to indicate their province of origin. The galhardetes were rectangular, approximately 1:6. They were all simple geometric patterns, more or less like signal flags.
Joseph McMillan, 17 April 2001