Lebo Flag Series
Historic Flag Series – by David LeBatard.
Within the realm of symbology, flags hold their own unique footprint on human history. Meant to convey information and boundaries of demarcation from a distance, flags have become a whole form of visual storytelling within themselves.
For this new release I wanted to reach into America’s past and rediscover some really interesting flags from our history. The Gadsden flag with its iconic “don’t tread on me “ motto to George Washington’s grand union flag.
Each flag has its own unique aesthetic and each tells its own story of how we came to be in the land of the free.
Don’t tread on me (Gadsden’s flag- first marines)
In need of arms and gunpowder General Washington formed the first Continental Navy in order to capture British ships sneaking armaments into American harbors. He also created five companies of marines to help protect them and be the first ones on the ground. Twelve of these marines carried drums as was customary at the time. Painted on the sides of these yellow drums was a coiled rattlesnake (only found in the USA) and the motto “don’t tread on me”.
A warning not a plee.
Historically seen as first flag of the U.S. Marine Corp, the motto, “Don’t tread on me” represents the truest sense of freedom and the toughest people that stand behind its protection.
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Above and beyond - Mineral Print
(Green mountain boys)
As the Redcoats approached from the north through Vermont hoping to surprise the Continental army they were quickly cut short. The Green Mountain Boys, a tossed together militia of local hunters, tucked into the treetops from which they were used to hunting wild game, made quick work of the British. Above their heads the boys helped cement the foundation of our freedom.
Such a grand union - Mineral Print
(George Washington’s grand union flag)
Considered by many historians to be the very first US flag, the Grand Union flag was designed by George Washington for the Continental army and was first flown on January 1, 1776. Depicting the British king’s colors in the upper left with the 13 stripes representing the 13 united colonies completely engulfing the symbol of British oppression. George Washington stands as one of history’s most iconic heroes, reluctantly accepting leadership of the Continental army and then as first president of our beloved country.
In the darkest of night, I am there
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Captain William Moultrie was ordered to capture Fort Johnson in Charlotte harbor, South Carolina from the British in 1775. He and his men promptly brought down the kings flag and hoisted the newly created Moltrie’s flag into clear view so approaching British ships would see that liberty had replaced tyranny. With its deep field of blue being illuminated by a crescent moon in its upper corner encasing the word “liberty”. Free to be, free to believe. An ideal that stands as true today as it did in 1775.
Free to fly - Mineral Print
(An appeal to heaven)
This pine tree flag was flown by the American Navy at its conception. First raised as the first American War vessels were deployed against the British in Boston Bay. The Pine tree was a symbol of New England and the colonies for its strength and consistency. The appeal to Heaven, “...for the justice to our cause, we determine to die or be free”.
Mineral prints are crafted using a proprietary fine art metal printing technique that results in a high gloss image printed on medium gauge steel. A sleek modern finish very compatible with interiors looking for a sharp, polished look.
> 15" x 10"