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Flag designer would be happy to see flag flying again

Mrs. W. Tom Mableson, left, and Mrs. Terry H. Tate display the new official city flag created by members of Spokane Falls Needlework Guild in March 1977. The flag, designed by Lloyd L. Carlson, who also created the Expo ’74 mobius strip symbol, replaced a 19-year-old lavender “Lilac City” flag.
Mrs. W. Tom Mableson, left, and Mrs. Terry H. Tate display the new official city flag created by members of Spokane Falls Needlework Guild in March 1977. The flag, designed by Lloyd L. Carlson, who also created the Expo ’74 mobius strip symbol, replaced a 19-year-old lavender “Lilac City” flag.

A few weeks ago I wrote a story about the reemergence of the City of Spokane's flag.

I heard soon after from the flag designer's son, who shed more light on the flag.

Here is his note:

I'm Lloyd Carlson's son, and it was a real treat to see the flag again after all these years. The history of the flag is actually somewhat more complex (perhaps you knew this but didn't have space) as the "Children of the Sun" logo was done by dad as the official seal of the City of Spokane in the 1960s -- 1964-65 as I recall. I have the original artwork, along with the original Expo '74 logo master art in my collection of his designs.

The flag combined the city seal with the white, green and blue motif that had been made famous by the Expo "Mobius strip" logo. The STA (Spokane Transit Authority) adopted the same colors a bit later, which I believe are still in use. When I visit Spokane I see examples of logos he did half a century ago, still in use--- not a bad legacy.

Dad was born in Spokane and lived there until 1986, when my parents moved to Portland to be near their grandchildren. In his retirement, he painted as a hobby, but still did the occasional logo design to keep his hand in. He passed away in July of 2009 at the age of 90. I know he would be so very pleased that the City of Spokane flag was flying again.

Best regards,

Steven B. Carlson

(Attached to this blog post of a letter Carlson wrote to Mayor Jack Geraghty about the logo he designed for Expo '74. Here is a link to photos of all three of the city's official flags, which were adopted in 1912, 1958 and Carlson's in 1975.)




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