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Democratic Republic of Congo: Pre-independence

Governor-General (1885-1960)

Last modified: 2002-10-12 by jarig bakker
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Governor-General (?-1936)

[Governor-General till 1936] by Jarig Bakker, 7 Oct 2002

In "Wer nennt die Länder, kennt die Fahnen?" <neu29> there is a different flag: blue (1:1?) with the Belgian flag in the canton (Flagge des Generalgouverneurs des Kongo). Flaggenbuch has the image as on <cd_hist.html>. Kannik (Vlaggen, Standaarden en Wapens) states: Flag of the governor-general of Belgian Congo was approved 1936 - so the blue flag may have been used before; the reason for the change may have been that it was very similar to the flag of the governor-general of the French colonies.
Jarig Bakker, 7 Oct 2002

Governor-General (1936-1960)

[Governor-General of the Congo ] by Zeljko Heimer, 27 Feb 2001

The book Flags of the World, Past and Present [hol39], of 1939, says "The Governor-General of the Congo also hoists a square tricolour, but with the flag of the Congo in the canton. This flag is bright blue, and has a yellow star thereon".
Steve Stringfellow, 3 Dec 1997

In [zna99] p. 71 the flag is shown with the blue being light blue of the shade used in 1960's Congo flag with star being light yellow too (same as the yellow stripe), and a bit bigger then in my image above.
Zeljko Heimer, 27 Feb 2001

I have seen 3 different flags with 3 different blue squares: one equal with the black stripe, one larger than the black stipe (this was a flag for a car with golden fringe) and one very large flag c. 2m long with the blue part a little bit smaller than the black stripe. These flags where for sale at several militaria fairs in Belgium.
Olivier Vercammen, 7 Oct 2002

To what I understand the Belgian system, the flag we talk about is a personal flag of the General-Governor, and as such is supposed to be square as all other Belgian standards. I guess that after a while the flag was (by general public) considered to be the flag of Belgian Congo, and so was "rectangulized" and began to be used as the "national flag". If I am not much mistaken, the rectangular version is so found in several flag charts of the time, (wrongly) supporting such perception. OTOH, it may be hat the G-G himself did not care much about the ratio (as was not unusual at the time) and produced flags for himself in any ratio it suited him, e.g. rectangular flag for his car.
Zeljko Heimer, 7 Oct 2002

The 'national' flag of the colony, as shown in Flaggenbuch, was a rectangular plain blue flag with a yellow star in the middle. I would say that flag manufacturers did not bother wirh two different sizes for the 'national' and Governor's flag and made both flags using a default 2:3 size.
Ivan Sache, 9 Oct 2002

Governor-General ceremonial flag

[Governor-General ceremonial flag] by Olivier Vercammen, 9 Oct 2002

A few days ago I wrote to you that I saw 3 different rectangluar flags of the governor-general. Today I saw and bought a "square" one with fringe. It has the follow dimensions: height of the bunting with the fringe: 140cm and length with fringe: 120cm or 55"x47". I think it's beter for the producer because when he cuts the flag in 2, he has 2 flags of 70x120, which is c. the 2:3 format.
Olivier Vercammen, 9 Oct 2002

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