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image located by Valentin Poposki, 3 July 2012
The flag is handmade, depicting a scene of distant hills in shades of blue, grey, purple and green, beyond a white field, on which is placed the seal showing local buildings and a covered bridge, with two hames from horse collars on either side.
Somehow I got the idea that the town needed a flag. So I offered to make one, and Constant Quilters agreed to be the consultants for the project, gratis. I approached the town administrator, who said, "By all means." I asked him what I should use for the logo, and he suggested that I use what was on the Town's letterhead. So I obtained a copy, and it seemed like a slam dunk. It is a simple pen and ink drawing of a covered bridge set against a mountain. I could embroider it onto a white background, and letter the "Andover, New Hampshire." However, in the back of my mind I remembered a conversation with Jeff Miller, in which he said that he had designed the logo. So I called him to see whether he had any suggestions or comments. That was when I learned some amazing news. In 1990, Jeff Miller and Justin Freeman (of Olympic skiing fame) designed a town flag as part of their 8th-grade social sciences studies. They presented the design to the Town of Andover at town meeting and their flag design was adopted as the official flag of Andover. As things go, the idea was dropped when they learned that it would take about $700 to have a copy made from their design. Now, 19 years later, here we went again. Well, the project became much more complicated than I had anticipated, and a lot more expensive. And like a lot of projects, it took a lot of time to make the necessary contacts and purchases, and to get the original artwork. So long-story-short, I ended staying up all night July 3rd to complete the task. Along the way Justin's mother helped me to design the hames for the flag. (Andover used to be the hame capital of the world.) I rushed the finished flag to the reviewing stand on the morning of the 4th with five minutes to spare.Valentin Poposki, 3 July 2012