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The Estonian Flag


This monograph on the history of the Estonian flag, by an Estonian scholar, was first published in Toronto in 1984.  It traces the blue-black-white tricolor from its origins in 1884 until the eclipse of independence in 1940. An English translation of the text was commissioned by the Flag Heritage Foundation and published in 2010.  The new edition also contains a never-before-published account of the author’s theft of the original (1884) Estonian tricolor from the National Museum in 1940, to keep it from the invading Russians, and his subsequent return of the flag to the nation in 1991, after the restoration of Estonian independence. This publication may be read, printed out, and downloaded free here.  A few printed copies remain available at $5 each, plus postage.  To order a copy, please e‑mail the Series Editor.  Payment instructions will be contained in his reply.

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History of the Haitian Flag of Independence

by Odette Roy Fombrun

What was the design of the “original” Haitian flag? What exactly were its origins and the circumstances of its adoption? What flags were actually used in the revolutionary years leading to General Jean-Jacques Dessalines’ proclamation of the Republic in 1804? This study by the Haitian scholar and educator Odette Roy Fombrun explores these questions, symbolically significant in Haitian society and long the subject of debate, in light of the historical record. She quotes extensively from eyewitness sources and later historical accounts published only in French and long out of print.

An English translation of the second French edition of Mme. Fombrun’s book, published in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1986, was commissioned by the Flag Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is pleased to make the work available for the first time in English, along with a new preface and notes, and a specially redrawn flag chart in color. The books are 48 pages long, measure 8½ x 11 inches, and weigh 6½ ounces each in soft covers. Nicole Jean-Louis’ painting Making of the Haitian Flag (2012), seen below, is reproduced on the back cover with her permission.

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Publications: Overview

The Flag Heritage Foundation Monograph and Translation Series was established in 2009 to publish worthy monographs on flags and related subjects, and to translate and publish in English monographs previously appearing only in languages inaccessible to most scholars.

So far (as of August 2018) eight monographs have been published.

The Estonian Flag: A Hundred Years of the Blue-Black-White, by Karl Aun (2010).  English translation of the 1984 Estonian original published in Toronto. Emblems of the Indian States, by David F. Phillips (2011). A new taxonomy of the arms of the states of pre-independence India 1860-1947. With more than 32 pages of illustrations. History of the Haitian Flag of Independence, by Odette Roy Fombrun (2013). English translation of the second French edition, published in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1986. The Double Eagle, by David F. Phillips (2014). Original monograph on the two-headed eagle as it has appeared in heraldry and culture over the past 800 years. With 245 illustrations and a new map. Flags and Uniforms of the Oxford College Rowing Societies (2015). Reprint of an illustrated pamphlet published in …
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