Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee. It’s a pretty nice town, I hear. Light rail and all that. And a Ferris Wheel? Wow! Oh, wait. That’s a cog. But at least they have a stalk of barley for beermaking. Other than that, there’s a whole lot of junk on this flag. A steeple, city hall, and Indian’s head in profile, a ship, a factory and County Stadium, which was torn down in 2000. This flag actually was designed by a committee. In the 1950s, the town put out a call for flag designs. A city alderman wasn’t satisfied with any of the entries, so he took elements from the best (apparently the 14 best) and combined them into this gem. It was voted one of the five worst flags in North America by the North American Vexillogical Association. City council put out a new call for flag designs, but ended up sticking with this one because it was unsatisfied with the rest. It has to be said: Milwaukee, for all its charm and Laverne and Shirley lore, is full of citizens who are horrible flag designers. Maybe the worst in the nation.

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4 responses to “Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  1. However immediately recognizable as the ONLY patchwork flag ever… 🙂

  2. I agree that this flag stinks like a Yellowstone breeze, but you might want to reword the sentence which seems to imply that the NAVA designed it, and 4 other bad flags. LOL By the way, I love your blog!

  3. There was no one in Milwaukee who could improve on THIS design? Milwaukee parents sending your kids to art school: you are wasting your money.

  4. 1978 I tried to get them to change to the swastika fl;ag but we lost the school board election by 97 votes. We did get over 22,000………. OPENLY

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