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The flag of New York City

February 14, 2016
Tags: art, NYC

NYC flag, made of public domain images from NYPL

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I recreated the New York City flag out of public domain images from New York Public Library's Digital Collections.

The blue area on the left is a map of Inwood; the orange on the right is bookcloth; the middle white swath is a blank vellum page; all the bits and pieces that make up the seal are cut out of various prints. A handful of things came from NYPL's extensive menu collection.

(I tried to find an illustration of a Native American from a tribe that came from the NYC area; I chose a Mohawk person, although of course who knows how accurate those old prints are, many times the illustrator just added a few things to a basic template, assuming no one would be the wiser.)