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1903 Unofficial flag

[1903 Flag of Utah]
image submitted by Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2011
source: history.utah.gov
[1903 Flag of Utah]
image submitted by Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2011
source: history.utah.gov

Utah's first flag was made in 1903. Here is the story and photo of it: history.utah.gov/experience_history/glimpses/flags.html
However, the legislature did not make this the design of the official state flag until 1911. On April 8, 1911, the Salt Lake Telegram refers to a "new Utah state flag of blue." Whether this refers to the 1903 flag (newly designated as the state flag) or a newly stitched flag is unclear.

Valentin Poposki, 10 July 2010

The World's Fair at St. Louis in 1904 wanted a flag from every state for a parade of states. Governor Wells had asked the Utah chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution to provide a flag for Utah to hang at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in St. Louis. The DAR collected $1 from each of its members to pay for the flag. In April 1903, they presented the governor with “a very handsome state flag, just completed by the art department of Z.C.M.I.”—valued at $150 (Deseret News, April 25, 1903). The Z.C.M.I. embroiderer who stitched all those white stitches was Agnes Teudt Fernelius. The governor and a delegation took this flag to St. Louis for the centennial of Lewis and Clark’s expedition in May 1903. During this trip, they also chose a site for Utah’s pavilion at the Exposition, which would take place in 1904. However, by October of 1903, the Daughters of the American Revolution had realized that this flag didn’t match the state seal. Also, because the state legislature had not commissioned the flag, it could only be used as the Governor’s regimental flag, not as the official state flag. They arranged for their flag to be altered to match the state seal. Presumably, as planned, this flag hung at the Lewis and Clark Exposition and at other state functions.
source: Utah State History
Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2011


1913 Flag

[1913 Flag of Utah] image submitted by Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2011
source: history.utah.gov

In 1912, the Sons and Daughters of Utah Pioneers commissioned a flag for the new battleship Utah. They ordered the flag from a company on the East Coast, the Wm. H. Horstmann Co. This company went above and beyond—embroidering the design in color, including a gold circle around the design.

Rather than redo the flag, in 1913 the Utah Legislature changed the law to specify a flag with these colors.

By the way, this flag was framed and probably hung in the wardroom of the Utah. Very likely it went down with the ship on December 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor.

source: Utah State History
Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2011


1922 Flag

In 1921, New York City asked Governor Charles Mabey to loan the Utah state flag for a "parade of states."

But Utah didn’t have a state flag at the time. So again, instead of ordering one with state funds, the governor asked if a private group could step forward and provide a flag.

The "Womans Relief Corp. Auxiliary to the G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic]" took the challenge. Dollie McGonegal stitched a flag for this purpose, and that flag eventually made its way to State History collections.
source: Utah State History
Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2011


Erroneously Manufactured Design

[Erroneously Manufactured Flag of Utah] image by Clay Moss, 10 March 2009

This is the common variant with the incorrect shield that was in use from 1912-2010.

The Utah flag, adopted in 1913, consists of a blue field in which is centered the Great Seal of Utah. The Great Seal consists of a thin gold circle, which encloses the coat of arms. The coat of arms contains of a beehive which has the state motto "INDUSTRY" arced above and the word "UTAH" below, and is flanked by sego lilies, the state flower. Six arrows originate from above "INDUSTRY" and go out past the border of the shield. An eagle is perched on top of the shield, ready to take flight. The shield is flanked by United States flags on both sides, their poles crossed behind the shield, and has "1847", the year of Mormon settlement immediately below, and "1896", the year of statehood further below. For display during special state events and for display at the state capitol and governors mansion, the flag is fringed with gold tassels on the three edges away from the flag pole.
Jeff Luck, 13 January 1997

Utah Code
63-13-5. The state flag of Utah shall be a flag of blue field, fringed, with gold borders, with the following device worked in natural colors on the center of the blue field: The center a shield: above the shield and thereon an American eagle with outstretched wings; the top of the shield pierced with six arrows arranged crosswise; upon the shield under the arrows the word "industry," and below the word "Industry" on the center of the shield, a beehive; on each side of the beehive, growing sego lilies; below the beehive and near the bottom of the shield, the word "Utah," and below the word "Utah" and on the bottom of the shield, the figures "1847"; with the appearance of being back of the shield there shall be two American flags on flagstaffs placed crosswise with the flags so draped that they will project beyond each side of the shield, the heads of the flagstaffs appearing in front of the eagle's wings and the bottom of each staff appearing over the face of the draped flag below the shield and flags and upon the blue field, the figures "1896"; around the entire design, a narrow circle of gold.
Joe McMillan, 21 February 2000


State Seal Until 2011

[State Seal of Utah]
image submitted by Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2011
source: Wikipedia

In 1896, the State Seal was designed by Harry E. Edmunds and C. M. Jackson.
Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2011