Flag of the President of the United States

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Flag of the President of the United States

The flag of the President of the United States consists of the presidential coat of arms on a dark blue background.[1]

Attached to the order were illustrations of the seal and flag, and also a set of "specifications" for the flag,[2][3][4] which defines more precise colors for the elements than does the blazon of the coat of arms:[5]

Flag base—blue.

Stars, large and small—white.

Chief—light blue.
Stripes—white and red.


Wings, body, upper legs—shades of brown.
Head, neck, tail—white, shaded gray.
Beak, feet, lower legs—yellow.
Talons—dark gray, white highlights.

Arrows—white, shaded gray.
Olive branch:

Leaves, stem—shades of green.
Olives—light green.

Clouds—white, shaded gray.
Scroll—white with gray shadows.

All dimensions are exclusive of heading and hems. Device to appear on both sides of flag but will appear reversed on reverse side of flag, except that the motto shall read from left to right on both sides.

Early presidential flags[change | change source]

Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 1817 proposed flag (not adopted)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned The 37-star Union flag, used by the Navy from 1867–1869 during presidential visits

Reproduction[change | change source]

It is illegal to reproduce or sell the flag of the President pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code § 713(b). This is because it substantially reproduces the Seal of the President.[6]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. San Diego Historical Society. "Chapter 1: The Making of the Exposition, 1909-1915". and "GM32 Arcade View Co.- Ground-Breaking, July 1911".
  2. Army Institute of Heraldry. "President of the United States Information Sheet". Archived from the original on 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  3. Preble, George (1872). Our Flag: Origin and Progress of the Flag of the United States of America. Albany: Joel Munsell. pp. 254–5. OCLC 990016.
  4. "The Star-Spangled Banner", United States Magazine of Science, Art, Manufactures, Agriculture, Commerce, and Trade, J. M. Emerson and Co., 1 (4), pp. 110–1, August 15, 1854
  5. Patterson, Richard Sharpe; Dougall, Richardson (1978) [1976 i.e. 1978]. The Eagle and the Shield: A History of the Great Seal of the United States. Department and Foreign Service series; 161 Department of State publication; 8900. Washington : Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, Dept. of State : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off. p. 448. LCCN 78602518. OCLC 4268298.
  6. Title 18 of the United States Code § 713(b) Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute (www.law.cornell.edu). Retrieved on 2013-06-18.