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The Ugandan Blue Ensign was in use between 1914 and 1962.
David Prothero, 23 Sep 2000
What was the obverse of these flags like? Did the crane always look
to the hoist or the Dexter?
António Martins, 27 October 1999
Based on info from 'Flags of The World' by Bill Yenne (Published by
Bison Books,1993) shows the Ugandan Governor's flag in the standard pattern.
Željko Heimer, 27 Mar 2003
"A bird, the African Balearic Crane, shown in its full natural colouring,
is symbolic of Uganda. The Union Flag shows it surrounded by the garland,
the Blue Ensign has it without the latter." (Source : Carr's
Flags of the World, 1961 (p. 98) [car61]
Jarig Bakker, 17 Aug 2002
Martin Grieve sent me this with the remark: "Although Red Ensign probably
never flew, I include for completeness". This image can be found on the
Ollé's site, and as well as in "Wer
nennt die Länder, kennt die Fahnen?", a cigarette-card album, c. 1930.
Jarig Bakker, 18 Aug 2002
Unless there is evidence that this image represents a flag that was
actually made and used, it should be considered fictitious. There
was certainly no authorised Red Ensign for Uganda.
David Prothero, 19 Aug 2002
I found only one book with a badge of colonial Uganda (Kannik,
1956). Within the circle on a yellow background a crested crane. In
front of its feet a green bush. The head is surrounded by a red lining.
In short, more detailed than the present badge on the Ugandan flag.
Jarig Bakker, 26 Oct 1999
Flaggenbuch [neu92] shows the same image with
some variations in the colours, the two bushes being "plain" green. However,
due to the "artistic" design of the badges of this period, I doubt there
was really an "official" version (except maybe the original model designed
by a painter?) I also wonder how such designs could have been accurately
reproduced on flags.
Ivan Sache, 26 Oct 1999
Probably printed or painted. A 1902 British South Africa Company flag
that I saw recently was a printed Union Flag with a blank central white
disc where the badge had been hand-painted. The fabric was loosely woven
bunting. The badge appeared to have been painted on just one side and perhaps
touched up on the other.
David Prothero, 27 Oct 1999