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Fish shops flag (The Netherlands)
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by Mark Sensen, 29 July 1998
Present fish shops flag
The flag that can be seen nowadays is a little different, but from memory
I couldn't tell what it was. Today I saw this flag (walking during lunch
break) on the market where it was waving from a fish stand. And the differences
with the image Dave posted are: the colours were the other way around;
the stripes are red, the "H" blue. There were also some other little differences,
eg. no black lines. I don't know if the flag changed or if there was some
error by the Flag Bulletin or Klaes Sierksma.
Mark Sensen, 28 July 1998
Original fish shops flag
by Dave Martucci, 12 July 1998
From Flag Bulletin, Vol. V No. 4, August 1966, pg. 128.:
An old tradition of misuse of the Netherlands red-white-blue flag has
come to an end this year. When in the first days of May every year the
fishermen had brought back from the North Sea the fresh salt herring --
"Dutch New Mates" -- for almost two centuries one could buy this sea-banquet
in Western Europe at stands and shops decorated and indicated by a little
Too often these flags were shown day and night; and of course there
was opposition because of the impropriety of using a national symbol for
commercial purposes. The Foundation for Vexillology and Heraldry at Muidenberg
every year tried to get the stands to stop using the national flag. Finally
success has been met.
Beginning in February 1966 the governmental organization for the promotion
of fish-selling in the Netherlands has sanctioned a new flag for herring
shops and stands. The design is a very good one: a white herring on a red
H on a blue-bordered white emblem, all on a field of white with blue stripes
at top and bottom. It retains the Dutch national colors and is an attractive
promotional feature, but it does not break the flag protocols. So seeing
this flag, "Let's have another Mate!"
(KS) [Klaes Sierksma]
Dave Martucci, 13 July 1998
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