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"Flags: Symbols of Triumph, Unity, and Revolution" Flags have long been powerful symbols representing various aspects of human history and culture

Background imageFlag Collection: Red army soldiers raising the soviet flag over the reichstag in berlin, germany, april 30, 1945

Red army soldiers raising the soviet flag over the reichstag in berlin, germany, april 30, 1945, photo taken by vladimir grebnev

Background imageFlag Collection: COMMUNIST POSTER, 1967. Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live forever

COMMUNIST POSTER, 1967. Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live forever! Poster by Viktor Ivanov, Soviet Union, 1967

Background imageFlag Collection: HMS Hood, British battlecruiser

HMS Hood, British battlecruiser
HMS Hood, a British Admiral-class battlecruiser, launched 1918, served before and during the Second World War, sunk 24 May 1941. Seen here from above. Date: 20th century

Background imageFlag Collection: The Virgin and Child with Angels: Leaf of the Wilton Diptych, c1395. (1941)

The Virgin and Child with Angels: Leaf of the Wilton Diptych, c1395. (1941)
The Virgin and Child with Angels: Leaf of the Wilton Diptych, c1395. Housed in The National Gallery, London. From The Connoisseur, 1941 edited by H. Granville Fell. [The National Magazine Co

Background imageFlag Collection: Oil on canvas, 1917, by Childe Hassam

Oil on canvas, 1917, by Childe Hassam
HASSAM: ALLIES DAY, MAY 1917. Oil on canvas, 1917, by Childe Hassam

Background imageFlag Collection: WW2 poster, We shall not flag, Winston Churchill speech

WW2 poster, We shall not flag, Winston Churchill speech
WW2 poster, We shall not flag, we shall not fail. Winston Churchill speech, 4 June 1940. Date: 1940

Background imageFlag Collection: Womans Relief Corps

Womans Relief Corps
A beautiful gilded and embossed postacrd promoting the viryue and history of the Womans Relief Corps - a charitable society to provide local relief work among the needy and to aid military veterans

Background imageFlag Collection: Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, sponsors, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown

Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, sponsors, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown
Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, sponsors, 1913 Mar 8

Background imageFlag Collection: Str. F.P. Jones, sponsor, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown

Str. F.P. Jones, sponsor, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown
Str. F.P. Jones, sponsor, 1913 Mar 8

Background imageFlag Collection: USA, California. Composite of bald eagle and American flag

USA, California. Composite of bald eagle and American flag. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageFlag Collection: Flag of Australia

Flag of Australia
The flag of Australia - The flags original design was chosen in 1901 from entries in a worldwide competition held following Federation, and was first flown in Melbourne on 3 September 1901

Background imageFlag Collection: WORLD CUP, 1954. Victor Rodriguez Andrade of Uruguay (left) and Nathaniel Lofthouse of England

WORLD CUP, 1954. Victor Rodriguez Andrade of Uruguay (left) and Nathaniel Lofthouse of England face off during the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland

Background imageFlag Collection: American Red Cross fundraising poster with three portraits of the first soldiers killed during

American Red Cross fundraising poster with three portraits of the first soldiers killed during World War I
RED CROSS POSTER, 1917. American Red Cross fundraising poster with three portraits of the first soldiers killed during World War I: Merle David Hay, Thomas Enright and James Bethel Gresham

Background imageFlag Collection: HMS Victory, Flags and Nelson Quote

HMS Victory, Flags and Nelson Quote
An illustration of Admiral Horatio Nelsons flagship, the HMS Victory with signal flags on display and firing a broadside, set below a depiction of the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom and St

Background imageFlag Collection: STS Malcolm Miller under full sail

STS Malcolm Miller under full sail
STS (Sail Training Ship) Malcolm Miller under full sail. circa 1970s

Background imageFlag Collection: China - Cultural Revolution Poster - Chairman Mao

China - Cultural Revolution Poster - Chairman Mao
The Many accomplish great things - Cultural Revolution poster from the Peoples Republic of China, featuring happy workers heading out to work, many holding aloft the Little Red Book

Background imageFlag Collection: Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. Painting by Henry Mosler (1841-1920)

Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. Painting by Henry Mosler (1841-1920)
BIRTH OF THE FLAG. Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. Painting by Henry Mosler (1841-1920)

Background imageFlag Collection: 2002 United States GP

2002 United States GP
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - SEPTEMBER 29: Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari F2002, (nearest camera), wins from Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2002

Background imageFlag Collection: Shackleton / Wild / Adams

Shackleton / Wild / Adams
Ernest Shackletons expedition reached within 100 miles of the South Pole. Shackleton, Wild and Adams 178 kilometres from the South Pole

Background imageFlag Collection: Suffragette Cat In Hat and Flag

Suffragette Cat In Hat and Flag. A cat wears a large picture hat and a flag in WSPU colours, purple, white and green, fastened as a shawl with VFW badge

Background imageFlag Collection: The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War

The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War
PYLE: NATION MAKERS, 1906. The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War. Oil on canvas by Howard Pyle, 1906

Background imageFlag Collection: Advert / Horlicks Malted

Advert / Horlicks Malted
Horlicks Malted Milk is always up to the Standard - and supposedly this little girl, fortified by Horlick s, never flags?

Background imageFlag Collection: Flags used for Nelsons famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

Flags used for Nelsons famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. The flags used by Lieutenant Pasco aboard HMS Victory to send the message England expects that every man will do his duty

Background imageFlag Collection: Norman Keep and daffodils, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Norman Keep and daffodils, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageFlag Collection: HMS Worcester, Greenhithe, Kent

HMS Worcester, Greenhithe, Kent -- Merchant Navy training vessel. Date: circa 1946

Background imageFlag Collection: Kraken Attacks a Ship

Kraken Attacks a Ship
A kraken attacks a sailing vessel

Background imageFlag Collection: Flag of the Scottish Covenanters

Flag of the Scottish Covenanters
The Flag of the Scottish Covenanters. They were Presbyterians sworn to defend their religion, part of a Protestant effort to seize power in Scotland against the English

Background imageFlag Collection: BATTLE OF CRECY, 1346. The Battle of Crecy, 26 August 1346. Detail from Chroniques de Froissart

BATTLE OF CRECY, 1346. The Battle of Crecy, 26 August 1346. Detail from Chroniques de Froissart, 14th century manuscript

Background imageFlag Collection: National Savings Group wartime poster

National Savings Group wartime poster
Convoy your country to victory : save and lend through our National Savings Group. World War II poster illustrated by warship flying the Royal Navy ensign

Background imageFlag Collection: Together Poster

Together Poster, showing the armed forces of the British Empire marching together

Background imageFlag Collection: Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Kings Own Scottish Borderers - The uniform, reginemtal flags, crest and listings of International deployments are featured on this card. Date: 1913

Background imageFlag Collection: Vauxhall Royal Balloon first ascent

Vauxhall Royal Balloon first ascent with 9 people, from Vauxhall, London. The maximum possible number of passengers was 28. 9 September 1836

Background imageFlag Collection: French poster from General de Gaulle, WW2

French poster from General de Gaulle, WW2
A French poster with a message to all French people from General Charles de Gaulle, based in London during the Second World War. France has lost one battle, but France has not lost the war

Background imageFlag Collection: Le Mans 24 Hour Race: Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon Ford GT40 Mk II take the chequered flag to win

Le Mans 24 Hour Race: Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon Ford GT40 Mk II take the chequered flag to win just ahead of Shelby
Bruce McLaren (NZL) and Chris Amon (NZL) Ford GT40 Mk II take the chequered flag to win just ahead of Shelby American Inc. team mates Denny Hulme (NZL) and Ken Miles (USA) Ford GT40 Mk II

Background imageFlag Collection: RMS Mauretania

RMS Mauretania - Passenger liner of the Cunard White Star line, she held the Blue Riband for 21 years; she was withdrawn from service and broken up in 1935. Date: circa 1907

Background imageFlag Collection: Long Live Estonia

Long Live Estonia! A patriotic postcard, featuring a female personification of the State of Estonia, waving the Estonian Flag before a night sky. Date: circa 1920

Background imageFlag Collection: Personification of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with Flag

Personification of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with Flag - interesting only captioned as Austria. Date: circa 1910

Background imageFlag Collection: WW2 - British RAF Flying Boat Sunderland

WW2 - British RAF Flying Boat Sunderland Date: circa 1940

Background imageFlag Collection: Mexican flag, Plaza of the Constitution (Zocalo), Metropolitan Cathedral in background

Mexican flag, Plaza of the Constitution (Zocalo), Metropolitan Cathedral in background, Mexico City, Mexico D.F. Mexico, North America

Background imageFlag Collection: Statue of St. Joan of Arc with coloured light from stained glass, Church of Notre Dame

Statue of St. Joan of Arc with coloured light from stained glass, Church of Notre Dame, Vitre, Brittany, France, Europe

Background imageFlag Collection: HMS Conqueror submarine returns to Faslane Holy Loch after sinking Argentine battleship

HMS Conqueror submarine returns to Faslane Holy Loch after sinking Argentine battleship General Belgrano South Atlantic Falklands War, July 1982

Background imageFlag Collection: MARYLAND. USA. Tall ship the Kalmar Nyckel. Chesapeake Bay

MARYLAND. USA. Tall ship the Kalmar Nyckel. Chesapeake Bay

Background imageFlag Collection: Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon

Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon, showing biplanes flying in formation above the spectators. 1928

Background imageFlag Collection: Poster for Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line to Australia

Poster for Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line to Australia
Poster for the Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line: cruises to Australia via the Suez Canal and Colombo (one class only)

Background imageFlag Collection: Death of Henry Percy (Harry Hotspur) at the Battle of Shrewsbury, 21 July 1403, (c1860)

Death of Henry Percy (Harry Hotspur) at the Battle of Shrewsbury, 21 July 1403, (c1860). Together with his uncle, Thomas Percy

Background imageFlag Collection: British National Anthem - Rule Britannia

British National Anthem - Rule Britannia - a British patriotic song, originating from the poem " Rule, Britannia" by James Thomson and set to music by Thomas Arne in 1740. Date: 1905

Background imageFlag Collection: Lyons Corner House, 1931

Lyons Corner House, 1931
LYONS CORNER HOUSE, OXFORD STREET Opened in 1923, the Oxford Street restaurant was one of a chain owned by J Lyons and Co Ltd

Background imageFlag Collection: Advertisement for Patersons Camp Coffee

Advertisement for Patersons Camp Coffee, which is claimed to be the best



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"Flags: Symbols of Triumph, Unity, and Revolution" Flags have long been powerful symbols representing various aspects of human history and culture. From the iconic HMS Victory to the stirring words of Winston Churchill, they evoke a sense of pride, resilience, and determination. In times of war, flags have played a crucial role in rallying troops and inspiring nations. The famous World War II poster declaring "We shall not flag" reminds us of the unwavering spirit that fueled victory. Similarly, the image captured by Vladimir Grebnev shows Red Army soldiers raising the Soviet flag over Berlin's Reichstag on April 30th, 1945—a momentous symbol marking their triumph over fascism. The Chinese Cultural Revolution Poster featuring Chairman Mao exemplifies how flags were used as tools for political mobilization during turbulent times. It reflects an era when ideologies were fervently embraced or contested. On calmer waters, flags adorn majestic vessels like the STS Malcolm Miller under full sail or fly proudly alongside suffragette activists wearing cat hats—an emblematic representation of their fight for equality. Historical events such as Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 showcased how flags could convey critical messages through visual signals. These colorful banners fluttered high above ships' masts to communicate strategic instructions amidst chaos and gunfire. Communist propaganda posters from 1967 remind us that they can also serve as enduring symbols honoring influential figures like Lenin—reminding generations about his lasting impact on society. From Betsy Ross sewing America's first flag to moments frozen in time at Le Mans races where chequered flags mark triumphant victories—the significance attached to these pieces of cloth is undeniable. Whether it be aboard HMS Worcester docked in Greenhithe or Shackleton's expedition team braving treacherous conditions with their trusted flag bearers Wild and Adams—flags continue to unite people under shared values while celebrating individual achievements across diverse contexts.