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Hamburg is my home town. The flag shown does not exist. The Landesfarben
section of Hamburg's constitution just states that the official colours
used in Hamburg are white and red. This does not imply a flag showing white
over red as indicated. This is very similar to Bremen,
where the colours are also white and red but they never use them as a flag.
Niels Rump, 18 Apr 2001
See my explanation of the Landesfarben.
There is simply no Hamburg striped flag of white and red, and as far as
I know, there has never been one. This is difficult to prove, though, as
it is always difficult to prove the non-existence of anything. There are
books that show the Landesfarben, as if these were horizontal bicolours,
e.g. Neubecker 1929. However, neither
are there photos known to me that show these flags nor are there legal
texts prescribing this flag nor is there any need for this flag, as there
is already a well-known and accepted civil flag and civil ensign, the white
castle on red.
Marcus Schmöger, 24 Sep 2001
There is a reference about these Landesfarben having been adopted
Santiago Dotor, 4 Oct 2001
The Flag Resolution of 1834 says,
"die Hamb. Flaggen auf diese Weise gestaltet seyen und namenthlich die
Grundfarbe roth, das Wappen weiß seyn müsse.", that is, "the Hamburg
flags are to be designed in this way and particularly the field colour
shall be red, the arms white." So you see, that this text mainly stresses,
that the field should be red and the arms white. (There had been other,
erroneous, colours for the basic flag design: white
with red castle or blue with white
castle, see also Gaedechens 1855.)
There is no mention of Landesfarben.
Marcus Schmöger, 4 Oct 2001