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Zaanstad municipality, Noord-Holland province

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Zaandam [former municipality]

This is the old flag of Zaandam, used 1938-1974.
Sierksma's "Nederlands Vlaggenboek", 1962 [sie62] has this on it:
"Fourteen equally wide horizontal stripes of blue, black, and yellow, with a canton diagonally divided red and white.
This flag was adopted by municipal resolution on 14 July 1938. In 1874 it was proposed to introduce a black and blue flag, but the city's archivist told that the colors of Zaandam were red, blue, white, and yellow (the colors of the Coat of Arms).
The 1938 flag was chosen from 25 designs, after a suggestion of one of the council members to adopt a red flag had been turned down: "Politics has no rôle to play in the choice of a flag", according to the mayor, chairman of the council."
Jarig Bakker, 18 May 2003

Zaandam 1667 flag

[Zaandam 1667 flag] by Jarig Bakker, 18 May 2003

This is the old flag of Zaandam, used in the 17th century.
Sierksma's "Nederlands Vlaggenboek", 1962 [sie62] has this on it:
"In 1958 a manuscript was discovered, dated 1667, entitled "Bandiere usate in mare da diverse nazioni sopra i legni da guerra e mercantili", Napoli. This contained a Zaandam flag, described by Sierksma as
"Three equally wide horizontal stripes of red, white, and blue, with in the center two red and two white squares, ordened as a chequy Greek cross, of which the white squares reach into the red and blue stripes".
In this flag the cross of the Lordship Zaanden was used ("argent a cross gules").
See: Flags of the World 1669-1670: A seventeenth century manuscript. [sie66]
A notarial act of 1657, in which skippers recorded, that the Sardammer mark consisted of "two red and two white square lozenges, ordered chequy", seems to point at this flag."
Jarig Bakker, 18 May 2003


Zaandam 1938 flag

[Zaandam 1938 flag] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net

This is the old flag of Zaandam, used in 1938.
The Shipmate site contains also another Zaandam flag, used in 1938 (for the parade for Queen Wilhelmina?)
This flag has the chequy red and white squares, and the archivist's colors...
Jarig Bakker, 18 May 2003