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[Flag of Baltimore County] by Rick Wyatt, 3 March 1998

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Baltimore County Flag: Quarterly; 1 and Paly of six, Or and Sable, a bend counterchanged. 2: Argent, a plowshare Gules. 3: Argent, a cog-wheel Gules. 4. Same as first quarter.

The flag was designed by John McLemore, a 12th grade student at Parkville Senior High School, and was selected over 29 other entries in a county-wide contest during March and April 1962. It was adopted by executive Order on 28 August 1962.

The flag was not universally accepted. One county councilman and a number of other people criticized the flag as being too communist looking. The F. M. Stevenson Co. manufactured a hundred of these flags, but as of August 1963, a year after the flag was adopted, very few had been sold (The Baltimore Sun, 9 Aug 1963).

Bob Barnes (reference archivist at Maryland State Archives), 9 January 1998