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Azerbaijan in the Soviet Union

Azerbaĭdẑanskaâ SSR / Azạrbajĉ⃓an SSR

Last modified: 2021-08-26 by rob raeside
Keywords: azeri ssr | azerbaijan | star: 5 points (fimbriated) | hammer and sickle (yellow) | hammer and sickle: no star |
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Азербайджанская ССР / Азәрбајҹан ССР

Flag of Azerbaijanian SSR in 1952
image by Željko Heimer, 17 Apr 1996 | two-sided
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Description of the flag

Adopted on 7 October 1952; dark blue bar in base, 1/4 width.
Željko Heimer, 17 Apr 1996

Specs.: stripes 3+1; hammer-and-sickle placement and size unknown!
António Martins, 19 Jun 2001

My source for this image was Smith’s 1982 book ([smi82], the Croatian edition of the small Smith book). Looking at it again, indeed the soviet azeri flag has considerably larger hammer and sickle then other republics.
Željko Heimer, 28 Oct 2002

Reverse of the flag

Back of the flag
image by Željko Heimer, 17 Apr 1996 | two-sided reverse

No hammer, sickle and star on the reverse side.
Mark Sensen, 25 May 1997

The hammer-and-sickle was supresed in the reverse side, 16 March 1981.
Jaume Ollé, 01 Dec 2002

Officially reverse looked like obverse without star and hammer-sickle. But in fact I never saw these flags without star, hammer-sickle. Real flags (all 15) usually were either with reverse analogous to obverse (but with star and hammer-and-sickle near the hoist) or with reverse = mirrored obverse.
Victor Lomantsov, 30 Nov 2002

Previous version (1952-1956)

According Vexilologie 9-10 [vex] there were two patterns for Azerbaijan: pattern of 1952-1956, and pattern after 1956. Chages are in the size, position and design of the hammer-and-sickle and star. Consequently, also the flags of the ASSRs within Azerbaijan were slighty changed in 1956.
Jaume Ollé, 22 Jul 2001

Banner of the republic

Banner of Azeri SSR
image by Antonio Gutiérrez, Marcus Schmöger, Željko Heimer and António Martins, 13 Oct 2006 | reconstruction

Many (all?) soviet republics had these banners. Usually it was red field with republican coat-of-arms and the name of republic. They had gold fringe. I know about such banner of Azerbaijan.
Victor Lomantsov, 09 Jan 2002

Coat of arms

soviet azeri CoA
image by Marcus Schmöger, 31 Aug 2001 (source: [hzg80])

The emblem was introduced 1937 (according to Hesmer [hes92]) and used until 27 February 1993, when the current one was introduced.
Marcus Schmöger, 16 Sep 2001

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