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Croatian Graphic Music Society "Sloga" (Hrvatsko grafičko glazbeno društvo Sloga)

The flag (photo designed in 1886 by the Croatian Graphic Music Society "Sloga" is preserved today in the hall of the Society, Brečenskoga Street 4, Zagreb.

Quoting the book published on the 130th anniversary of the Society by Lucija Benyovsky:

For its 10th anniversary the Society decided on its main annual assembly (on 15th March 1885) to acquire a new flag. They appointed a committee for the acquisition comprising Ivan Justić, Dragutin Kafka, Dragutin Petrović, Fran Opava, Gjuro, Majcen and Mirko Krsnik. The contributions for the new flag were also granted from such dignitaeries as Pr. Ladislav Pejačević, Pr. Gustav Norman, Aladar pl. Janković, L. Milar and Miloš Zec. To gather the remaining funds a large public festival was prepared in Maksimir [a park in Zagreb] on 28 June 1885. The performers on the festival were also other cultural societies as Kolo, Hrvatski sokol, Hrvatska lira with its tamburiza choir and the workers' choir Sloboda (established in 1884, composed by manufacture workers from all political parties). It was a festive occasion with many pavilions built, with firefighters' and military bands playing sequentially. Large fireworks were prepared on the lake by the pyrotechnician Dittmayer.
The flag was manufactured by Dragojla Lopašić (source: Spomen knjiga 1870-1940, Zagreb, 1940. Stota obljetnica rodenja Dragojle Lopašić, uzorne Hrvatice, zaslužne učiteljice i spisateljice (1838-1925)), a teacher in a Higher Girl School in Karlovac, after a design by Pr. Fridrich. The flag was made of heavy white silk edged on both sides with a thin tricolor ribbon. On the obverse it was set the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Croatia and Zvonimir's crown* and the inscription around it Hrvatsko typografsko pjevacko društvo Sloga [Croatian Typographic Singers' Society Concordia]. On the reverse was a harp and the society's motto Rad i pjesma nek nas vode, do prosvjete i slobode [Work and song shall lead us to enlightenment and liberty]. The flag field was scarcely sown with stars. The coat of arms and the harp were surrounded with green wreaths. For the manufacture of the flag were used gold, silver and silk, and the work was very professionally and cunningly performed, so the flag could indeed be counted among the most exquisite artworks of that kind (source: Spomen knjiga 1870- 1940, p. 161). The flag is preserved until present and is still kept in the halls of the Society in the Typographers' House [Dom graficara], (Brečcenskoga 4), in a showcase specially made for it. Due to its old age and value, the flag is not used any more. The ceremony of introduction of the flag was sponsored by the prominent lady Mrs. Franjica Albrecht (source: Grafičko pjevačko društvo "Sloga"; pola vijeka borbe.., Grafička revija). The consecration ceremony was held on Sunday 20 September 1885 and in the eve of that ceremony on Saturday evening (on 19 September) "Sloga" prepared a serenade to the sponsor.

*The coat of arms is that of the Triune Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia-Dalmatia and the crown is the standard heraldic royal crown. However, since the officialcoat of arms at the time was supposed to have the Hungarian crown of St. Steven, the use of the other, royal crown was meant by "Zvonimir's crown".

Željko Heimer, 21 January 2006

League of Anti-fascist Fighters and Antifascists of the Republic of Croatia (Savez antifašističkih boraca i antifašista Republike Hrvatske, SABA RH)

[SABA RH flag]

Flag of SABA RH - Image by Željko Heimer, 9 July 2005

SABA RH is the veteran organization of the fighters of the National Liberation Struggle, that is of partisans fighting against fascists, nazis and their collaborators in World War II. Today the organization also includes the youth who preserves the antifascist ideals. The organization is the successor of the Union of Associations of Fighters from the National Liberation War of Croatia (Savez udruga boraca narodnooslobodilačkog rata Hrvatske) established in 1948, renamed in 1992 League of Anti-fascist Fighters (SAB H) in 1992 and finally getting its current name in 2002.

According to the SABA RH Statutes, the flag of SABA RH, adopted on 16 April 1992 is the Croatian tricolor, in proportions 1:2, with the emblem of the organization in the middle. The emblem consists of a five-pointed star composed of red rays and in the middle of it a partisan three-pointed cap with a five-pointed star. Flag proportions 1:2.
The organization stated that fact no flags have been actually made yet in the organization headquarters in Zagreb, due to the cost, but some better standing subdivisions do use it.

The previous organization, SUBNOR, was using similar flags and there are still several examples to be found preserved in Zagreb. The flags are with estimated proportions 3:5, Yugoslav tricolors with the emblem in the middle. The emblem is a rayed golden five-pointed star with a figure of man and woman fighters, very much like on the emblem of the Order of National Hero. Around the emblem circulary over all three stipes is inscribed the name of the organization, on one side of the flag in Cyrillic script and on the other in Latin script.

Željko Heimer, 9 July 2005

Society of Criminologists (Strukovna udruga kriminalista)

The Society of the Criminologists (flag) is a professional society closely connected to the Ministry of the Interior.

Željko Heimer, 14 January 2006