Flag of Birmingham, Alabama
|Adopted||August 18, 1925|
|Design||A vertical triband of red (hoist-side and fly-side) and white, with a design[a] featuring a prominent red star centered on the white band. The three bands are in the proportions 4:7:4.|
|Designed by||Mrs. Idyl King Sorsby|
The flag of Birmingham was designed by Mrs. Idyl King Sorsby for the occasion of the semicentennial of the city of Birmingham, Alabama in 1921. After some minor additions,[which?] it was officially adopted as the city's flag on August 18, 1925.
In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association conducted a survey of 450 members and visitors to its website to identify the best- and worst-designed city flags in the United States. Birmingham's flag ranked 39th out of 150 with a mean rating of 4.97 on a scale of 0 to 10.
- The defacement on the white band is a large red five-pointed star, in whose center is the Seal of the City of Birmingham in black on top of a gold seven-toothed gear (cogwheel), encircled by 67 small gold stars. The circle of small stars is itself surrounded by 67 short lines, alternating between two lengths, pointing outwards from the centre to form another circle.
- Purcell, John M.; Croft, James A.; Monahan, Rich (2003). Kaye, Edward B.; Martucci, David B. (eds.). "Birmingham, Alabama" (PDF). Raven: A Journal of Vexillology – American City Flags: 150 Flags from Akron to Yonkers, Part 1: United States — Cities, A-B. Trenton, New Jersey: North American Vexillological Association. 9/10: 38–9. doi:10.5840/raven2002/20039/1017. ISBN 978-0974772806. ISSN 1071-0043. OCLC 828097555. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
- Gideon, Richard R. (2004). "2004 American City Flags Survey". nava.org. North American Vexillological Association. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
- Birmingham, Alabama (U.S.) at Flags of the World
- Flag of Birmingham at BhamWiki.com
- Norton, Bertha Bendall. (1970) Birmingham's First Magic Century: Were You There?. Birmingham: Lakeshore Press. p. xi
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