Flag of Tulsa

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Flag of Tulsa
Flag of Tulsa, Oklahoma.svg
Use
Proportion 12:19
Adopted August 17, 1973; 45 years ago (1973-08-17)
Designed by Raymond Wiman

The flag of Tulsa consists of an upper one-third and two lower quadrants to form the letter "T." The flag was adopted on August 17, 1973, as part of a celebration of the city's 75th anniversary.[1]

Symbolism[edit]

The flag consists of a vertical ellipse separated into an upper one-third and two lower quadrants to form the letter "T" for Tulsa.

The upper one-third is a gold field with a Native American arrowhead of the Snyder variety in black and white facets. This is surrounded by "1898", the year Tulsa was officially incorporated and elected its first mayor, Edward Calkins.[2] Circumscribing the curved edge are two rows of 46 stars to represent Oklahoma being the 46th state admitted to the Union.

The lower left quadrant is a black field with a stylized white oil derrick, representing Tulsa's status as the "Oil Capital of the World" for most of the 20th century.

The lower right quadrant is a blue field with parallel white lines, styled with arcs to for waves. "City of Tulsa Oklahoma" circumscribes the lower half of the ellipse in capital letters.

The flag's design ranked 124th among the flags of 150 U.S. cities in the North American Vexillological Association's "American City Flag Survey of 2004".[3]

History[edit]

1924–1941 flag[edit]

1924–1941 flag

Tulsa's first flag was a non-rectangular design with the fly ending in an isosceles triangle. It consisted of a white field with a large red circle in the center with the word "Tulsa" inside. From the red circle emanate eight blue rays and six white rays. In the broader white sections are two red arrows pointing inward, with the words "Unlimited" on the hoist and "Opportunity" on the fly, both in white and in capital letters. The design suggests the brashness of early Tulsa as it grew rapidly with the petroleum industry, attracting visitors, settlers, and businesses, loudly proclaiming a bright future for all. This was adopted on June 5, 1924, during Herman F. Newblock's mayorship and designed by Alfred Perry. W. A. (Rose) Cease sewed the first flag.[1]

1941–1973 flag[edit]

1941–1973 flag

Tulsa's second flag consisted of an encircled star containing a globe circumscribed with the words "Tulsa Oklahoma" in capital letters. This was adopted on September 27, 1941, during Clarence H. Veale's mayorship.[4]

2017 Flag Design Contest[edit]

Proposed Tulsa Flag

In 2017, a group of private citizens organized an effort to design a new flag for the city of Tulsa. The effort, called the Tulsa Flag Project, received nearly 400 designs, of which three were chosen as finalists. Of the more than 8,000 votes cast by citizens on these finalists, 51% were for the winning design.[5]

The winning design was released under a Creative Commons zero license, encouraging local creators to make their own interpretations of the flag.[6] Local citizens and businesses have widely embraced the design, and it is flown throughout Tulsa. The city council has not yet officially approved the design; however, the chief organizers of the Tulsa Flag Project predict that city council will approve the new design eventually.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Purcell, John (March 1, 2004). American City Flags: 150 Flags from Akron to Yonkers (PDF). North American Vexillological Association. pp. 360–362. ISBN 0974772801. 
  2. ^ Smith, Jeff (September 15, 2005). "Tulsa County History". Roots Web. Archived from the original on October 19, 2007. 
  3. ^ "2004 American City Flags Survey" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Mayors of U.S. Cities". World Statesmen. 
  5. ^ "Process — Tulsa Flag". 
  6. ^ "Download — Tulsa Flag". 
  7. ^ "Tulsa Flag Update Video".