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October 26, 2013

Let traditional flag fly, N.H. residents say

DERRY — It looks like a Philadelphia designer’s revision of the New Hampshire flag won’t fly with Granite Staters.

People who got a look at Ed Mitchell’s flag this week immediately sounded retreat.

“I don’t like that,” said Jackie Boudreau of Derry. “It looks like Texas.”

Danielle Puccilli of Derry agreed.

“No way in heck,” she said. “We need style.”

The state flag is one of the 603 Reasons readers recently said New Hampshire is special.

It includes the state seal, featuring a view of the frigate Raleigh, on a blue background.

Mitchell’s “United We Stand” project redesigns the nation’s state flags, including New Hampshire.

In a posting on his company website, Mitchell said state flags as a group violate just about every rule of flag design.

“I was immediately bothered by how discordant they are as a group,” Mitchell wrote. “When you look at them all together, there’s no indication they come from the same nation.”

His flags stick to guidelines set out nearly 50 years ago by the International Federation of Vexillological Association.

Those say flags should be simple, have meaningful symbols, two or three colors, no text or seal, and be distinct from others.

Mitchell’s take on the New Hampshire flag replaces the state seal with a blue number one down the left side on a red field, a white star near the top of the numeral.

The one is significant.

“The number one represents New Hampshire’s status as the first colony to break away from Great Britain in 1776,” the website said.

“Too simplistic,” Robyn Hannigan said in dismissing the redesign.

Claude Letoile of Londonderry said he likes the flag as it is.

“I’m so used to it,” Letoile said.

“It’s original, period,” Kailyn Wright of Derry said. “I don’t think it needs to be changed.”

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