State flag of Washington
|Adopted||March 5, 1923|
|Usage||State flag &|
The state flag of Washington consists of a green field with the state seal in the centre. The seal contains a bust of George Washington on azure background, surrounded by two circles. The text "THE SEAL OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON" and "1889" appears in black letters on golden yellow background in between the two circles. The bust of George Washington is taken from the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.
Washington State Flag
Washington flag colors - meaning
green field: represents the Washington as it is known as the 'Evergreen State'
1889: is the year Washington state was joined the Union as a state
History of Washington flag
Washington did not actually adopt an official design for its state flag until 1923, more than 30 years after the state was admitted to the union. At the turn of the century, many cities and towns flew a military flag bearing a gold profile of George Washington on blue bunting. Another design, similar to the one used today, featured a gold state seal centered on a purple or green background. The emblem on the state flag is the state seal, which was first designed in 1889 by Olympia jeweler Charles Talcott. Talcott used an ink bottle and a silver dollar to draw the rings of the seal, and then pasted a postage stamp in the center for the picture of George Washington. His brother L. Grant Talcott lettered the words "The Seal of the State of Washington 1889" and another brother, G. N. Talcott, cut the printing dye. In the seal used on the state flag, the picture of George Washington has a blue background and is encircled by a gold ring with black lettering. According to law (RCW 1.20.010), "The official flag of the state of Washington shall be of dark green silk or bunting and shall bear in its center a reproduction of the seal of the state of Washington embroidered, printed, painted or stamped thereon. If a fringe is used the same shall be of gold or yellow color of the same shade as the seal. The dimensions of the flag may vary.