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As to national flags, the former (blue ensign) national; flag of the Bahamas had a ship flying the St George's cross (I think). Don't think the current "ensign" style national flags of Bermuda or St Helena have flags on them, though, even though their badges feature ships.
James Dignan, 22 December 1995


The flag of the U.S. state of Utah depicts two U.S. flags draped around the state's arms. The flags of several other U.S. states contain the state's seal or arms, some of which depict ships, which may have flags.
James Dignan, 22 December 1995


The flag of the Organization of American States carry the flags of all countries of the western hemisphere.
William Grimes Wyatt, 23 December 1995


The old Union of South Africa flag, with its three small flags in the centre stripe, is an appropriate example of what is really meant by the term "flag on a flag"? And that a flag in the canton, or truck corner, while in fact a "fof," is a rather special case -- simply called a canton, I suppose -- in that it is always in the same location, and, like the many UK-ensign colonial (or ex-colonial) designs, French colonies like Wallis et Futuna, the county flags of Liberia, and countless presidential, royal and ministry flags, usually signifies a subsidiary relationship.

Flags like that of Haiti, Ecuador, and the greatest example of them all, the Organization of American States, show as part of their symbolism pictures of actual flags on poles.

There is also a sort of intermediate form, a flag shown waving or fluttering in a breeze (flag books, flag sheets and almanac pages often use this form). These are usually shown clearly enough to be easily recognized, but not exactly as flat and square as, say, an actual flag hung on a wall.
Bill Dunning, 2 May 2008


As to "non-canton" flat flags on flags, the old Shanghai International Community flag also springs to mind as an example.
James Dignan, 2 May 2008


A few remarkable cases found on Aingeru Astui Zarraga's house flag site:

Jan Mertens, 3 May 2008


Another example along the lines of the old South African one is the old one (2001) of the State of Georgia.
David Kendall, 3 May 2008


 
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