Flags of All Nations


Colorful flag diagram showing the political organization of the Interwar years.

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This chart depicts the ensigns, flags, and pendants of various nations around the world shortly after the end of the First World War. What was originally designed as a useful reference for naval symbols has become, to a modern audience, a “snapshot” of the political organization in the tragically brief Interwar period. A review of the image provides an incredible amount of information about the recent global upheaval, including new League of Nations mandates, flags of the ongoing Russian Revolution, the fracturing British Empire, and the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. The proliferation of yacht clubs reflect the new leisure time available after the war, while international codes and symbols reflect the rising pressure of globalization at the outset of the 20th century.

Five hundred and sixty five flags are listed in all, and individually labeled on the verso of the sheet. The chart was issued by Brown, Son & Ferguson in Glasgow. The company was established in 1850 as a stationary business, but frequent visits by captains of ships along the River Clyde led the firm to begin publishing material specific to maritime interests. They continue to operate and publish maps and charts to this day.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1933

Author: Brown, Son & Ferguson

Sheet Width (in): 35.50

Sheet Height (in): 22.80

Condition: B+

Condition Description: The main image is in excellent condition, with very minor wear along fold lines (as issued). The margins play host to holes in the corners from where the map was previously pinned, and minor to moderate soiling. Very good overall.