The Pennsylvania State flag classically symbolizes the ideals, commerce and strength of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, also known as the “Keystone State.” The Pennsylvania flag consists of the state Coat of Arms embroidered on a blue field. Draft horses appear on both sides and an American eagle sits atop the shield. The shield contains symbols of Pennsylvania’s strength. A ship carries commerce to all parts of the world. A clay-red plough signifies the state’s natural resources. Three golden sheaves of wheat represent Pennsylvania’s fertile fields and its wealth of human thought and action. An olive branch and a cornstalk symbolize peace and success. The state motto: “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence” is elegantly written on a red ribbon below the shield.
Full History of the Pennsylvania Flag and the Coat of Arms
The Pennsylvania coat of arms depicts a shield with a North American bald eagle perched atop it, flanked by horses, and adorned with images of Pennsylvania's strengths: a ship transporting state trade to all corners of the globe; a plough painted clay-red to represent the state's abundant natural resources; and three golden sheaves of wheat to symbolize the state's wealth of human thought and action. Crossing limbs below are an olive branch and a cornstalk, both representing peace and wealth. Virtue, Liberty, and Independence, the state motto, are embroidered below. The bald eagle on the shield of arms symbolizes Pennsylvania's allegiance to the United States. The current design, which was initially approved by the state in 1798, was codified into law on June 13, 1907, with a particular requirement that the blue field have the "same color as the blue field in the flag of the United States."
House Bill 179, which would have added "Pennsylvania" to the bottom of the flag in golden letters, was presented to the state legislature in the summer of 2005. By a vote of 164 to 31, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved the amendment. Tim Solobay, a state representative, put forth the measure. The bill, which expired at the conclusion of the two-year term of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, was never discussed by the Senate State Government Committee.
Pennsylvania State Flag Design
The ship and the wheat sheaves (probably borrowed from the municipal seal of Philadelphia), the plow (which existed in the former coat of arms of Chester County), the wreath of grain and olives, and the horses in harness indicate agriculture and trade in the shield of arms. Virtue, liberty, and independence are written etched on the ribbon beneath the state's arms. The same design is used on a white background rather than a blue background in the Pennsylvania governor's standard.
Interesting Facts About the Pennsylvania Flag and the State
A coat of arms that is almost exactly the same as the one in use now was created in 1778 by Philadelphia's Caleb Lownes. The State's motto, "Virtue, Liberty and Independence," was printed at the bottom and was accompanied by a shield, an American Bald Eagle for the crest, two reined black horses, and two supporters.
- The Pennsylvania state flag has the coat of arms embroidered rather than printed.
- In Pittsburgh, the first baseball stadium was constructed in 1909.
- Hershey, Pennsylvania is the US's Chocolate Capital.
- Philadelphia was home to the first computer in 1946.
- Philadelphia produced the country's first piano in 1775.
- Philadelphia hosted the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
- The United States' first public zoo was the Philadelphia Zoo.
- Philadelphia once served as the nation's capital.
- Philadelphia published the first daily newspaper in 1784.
- Due to the loss of numerous players during WWII, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers united to form the "Steagles" for one season in 1943.
- In 1958, the State College Area High School became the first institution in the nation to offer drivers education.
- The famed weather predictor Punxsutawney Phil hails from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
FAQ About the Pennsylvania Flag
What is PA's state drink?
In 1982, Pennsylvania made milk its official state beverage (twenty states recognize milk as a state symbol). Foods & Beverages All State Pennsylvania is the fifth-largest milk producer in the country (as well as the top producer of mushrooms, and the fourth largest producer of apples, freestone peaches, and eggs). About 25% of the land in the Commonwealth is used for farming (7,745,336 acres out of a total 28,684,800 land acres).
What food is Pennsylvania known for?
Other than milk, Pennsylvania doesn't have any designated state foods, however it does claim to be the origin of banana splits and bubblegum. The cheesesteak, another well-known Pennsylvania culinary invention, was created in Philadelphia.
Our Pennsylvania State Flags are Made in the USA
We are very proud to provide American and Pennsylvania state flags that are Made in the USA. By buying American-made goods, you can directly promote American independence and guarantee safer and more equitable working conditions. The list goes on and on!
What Pennsylvania Flags Do We Offer?
We are honored to offer a vast selection of indoor Pennsylvania flags, outdoor Pennsylvania state flags and Pennsylvania Flag Sets!
The best materials are used to create Indoor Pennsylvania Flags, which also have strengthened lock stitching and vibrant, fade-resistant colors. These flags make stunning indoor displays in your house, place of business, building, church, or educational facility. Indoor flags made by Carrot-Top are made of our premium Beacon® Nylon and have velvety, classic gold fringe.
Outdoor Pennsylvania flags are available in a variety of sizes and two of our proprietary materials. Outdoor flags make timeless displays that let you proudly demonstrate your allegiance to Pennsylvania to the world. These lovely flags have lock stitching and brilliant, vivid colors that won't fade.
The ideal flag size for your interior display or parade flag is included in Pennsylvania flag sets. Both the 3' x 5' and the 4' x 6' Pennsylvania flags are available and make beautiful presentations when used with our unique Majestic® Telescopic flagpole. Majestic® Poles are among the most adaptable flagpoles on the market because they are quick to adjust, portable, and simple to put together. Three different finishes are available for these poles: wood-grained, chrome, and aluminum. Select the coating that best suits your needs. Our Jointed Oak finish pole, which offers a more conventional appearance, is also featured on Carrot Top. Two-piece, oak-finished, hardwood poles with brass joints are known as Jointed Oak Poles. The 3'x5' Pennsylvania flag can be flown from the 8' Jointed Oak Pole, while the 4'x6' Pennsylvania flag looks stunning from the 9' Jointed Oak Pole. The pole diameter of the Majestic® and Jointed Oak finish poles tapers from 7/8" at the top to 1 14" at the bottom, enabling the use of any ornament without an adaptor. A decorative spear or eagle, a gold cord with tassel, and a weighted base are all included with Pennsylvania flag sets.
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We at Carrot-Top are incredibly proud of our tenacity and experience spanning more than 40 years. Any of our Customer Care Associates would be happy to help you place an order right away for a Pennsylvania state flag, an American flag, a flagpole, any of our personalized products, or even one of our military flags if you contact us now. Please feel free to read our thorough flag buying guide as well.