So, I'm processing our semi-monthly check run at work, and now slapping stamps on envelopes. I just started a new roll of 50 stamps which has (some) flags of the 50 states. And American Samoa is in there, too.
Anyway, I've got some comments about some of these state flags:
Alabama: Those bars look like they want some stars. Kind of a stealth confederate flag.
Alaska: Looks like a ripoff of Indiana's state flag.
Arizona: Looks like it was designed in the early '70s, by either hippies or small children.
Arkansas: Appears inspired by a beer can label. Or maybe a chewing tobacco brand.
California: When I think of the vast state of California, many things come to mind. None of them involve brown bears or red stars. Just typing these words makes me think that California's flag might be more appropriate for a Russian state than an American one.
Colorado: More like a sports team logo than a state flag, imo.
Connecticut: Very regal for such a small state. I bet they missed King George after the revolution.
Delaware: Hard to make out on the postage stamp, but looks a medieval cartoon on a surprisingly tasteful and modern color combination.
Apparently there are only ten different flags per roll, so I went looking for the rest:
Florida: Identical to Alabama (stealth confederate flag) only with a state seal or something slapped in the center.
Hawaii: What the... there's a damn Union Jack in the upper left corner of this flag!
Indiana: Probably just nostalgia, but I still think this is a nice-looking flag... looks like a sphere of golden stars hovering around a golden torch.
Iowa: Take the flag of France and slap a bald eagle, some slogan and the word Iowa in the white section.
Louisiana: With the newest flag (2006), I had high hopes for Louisiana, but it's pretty much just a mother pelican with a nest of babies, above some motto.
Maryland: Looks like an unhappy collision of art deco, heraldry, and a racing flag.
Mississippi: Let's not even bother hiding that confederate flag, let's just put in the same corner where Hawaii has a Union Jack.
Ohio: More of a pennant than a flag.
Oregon: Although the entire flag is gold stuff on a deep blue background, the front of the flag is different from the back. The front has the state name and state seal, and the back is just a golden beaver. [Insert beaver joke here.]
Rhode Island: Smaller, square flag. Probably a nautical thing, but also fits with Rhode Island being such a small state.
South Carolina: With the palm tree and the crescent moon, this flag looks oddly middle-eastern to my eye.
Washington: This was my favorite flag, just cause I like the color green.
If you aren't sure what your flag looks like, there is almost a 1 in 3 chance that it has a dark blue background with a state seal or similar thing in the center.