Last modified: 2019-07-08 by klaus-michael schneider
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Difficult to decipher as the original image is,the local shipping museum in Flensburg confirmed the design ("Flensburger Dampfschiffahrt Gesellschaft" or Flensburg Steam Shipping Co.), what we really needed was an image such as the above. The company was based in Flensburg.
Still on offer at Beste Auktion (German auction site), it has a page of its own: identifying it as belonging to "Lloyd Reedereiflaggen der Welthandelsflotte" (i.e. Lloyd shipping company flags of the world's merchant fleet) published by Brinkmann's cigarette factory, Bremen, in 1932 (album).
A similar image (same source) is found here, belonging to "Flaggen ,die über Meere Völker verbinden" (i.e. Flags linking peoples across the seas) published by Massary's cigarette factory, Berlin, in 1930 (album).
So the house flag is white with black initials FDG and the year 1869 in the corners, the Flensburg city arms,with mural crown, in the centre. In the image found by Jorge Candeias the initials and year were put right into the flag's corners and so did Lloyds 1912. After WWI, if we may believe
the later images, these were more evenly distributed.
Jan Mertens, 24 Sep 2006
The flag was white displaying the charges of the arms of the city of Flensburg, i.e. two demi lions and a tower, all in black with inscription in each corner "F", "D", "G" and "1869". Beneath the tower are thin blue wavy lines.
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.12, image no.46
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 July 2019
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