In working on several St. Louis themed projects over the years I’ve often found myself in need of a good clean graphic of the official flag of the City of St. Louis. Unfortunately there are precious few of these graphics available around online. The ones that are available are low resolution jpgs that don’t scale well for printing purposes. So a couple of years back I sat down and decided to create my own nice vector version of the flag. I forgot I did this until recently when I came across them while tidying up some files on my hard drive. So I decided to make them available to anyone else who needed them. So here they are. I made several versions, AI, EPS, SVG, PNG, JPG and GIF and they are all packed up in this zip file. Take them and use them, I am making them public domain as all public symbols should be. My version is slightly different than many versions you might see around on the internet–mainly in the fleur-de-lis which is in better shape than a lot of them. I think that a lot of the STL flag graphics you see around are the result of generations of analog copies that have caused the fleur-de-lis to degrade and become less defined.Download St. Louis Flag Zip
Anyway consider this my little gift to you. Enjoy in good health.
By the way here is a little history on the flag and how it came to be. It may not be as old as you think. The flag was designed in the late 1960’s by a college professor named Theodore Sizer,
who died just last year. (Correction: Theodore Sizer the designer of the flag, passed in 1967, it was his son that died last year. Thanks to his grandson left a kind correction in the comments below) From Wikipedia:
The flag of St. Louis, Missouri was designed by Yale Universityprofessor Theodore Sizer. The flag is often called the “Three Rivers” flag, symbolizing the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and the Meramecrivers near St. Louis. The intersection of the blue lines is covered by afleur-de-lis, which symbolizes St. Louis’s French heritage. Although the flag is strictly the municipal flag of St. Louis, it is sometimes flown over government buildings in St. Louis County.
Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, (Section 1.20.010)
- “The design submitted by Professor Emeritus Theodore Sizer, Pursuivant of Arms at Yale university, and now on file in the office of the City register is approved, adopted and designated as the official flag of the City. The flag with a solid red background has two broad heraldic wavy bars, colored blue and white, extending from the left top and bottom corners toward left center where they join and continue as one to the center right edge. This symbolizes the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Over the point of confluence a round golden disk upon which is the fleur-de-lis of France (blue) calling attention to the French background of the early city and more particularly to St. Louis of France for whom the City is named. The golden disk represents the City and/or the Louisiana Purchase. (Heraldically, the disk is a “bezant” or Byzantine coin signifying, money or simply purchase.)
The flag’s colors recall those of Spain (red and yellow or gold), Bourbon France (white and gold), Napoleonic and Republican France (blue, white and red), and the United States of America (red, white, and blue).”