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Akron, Ohio (U.S.)

Summit County

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[Flag of Akron, Ohio] image by António Martins, 1 October 2002

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Description of the flag

The flag changes with the change in the seal. It now contains three dates: 1981 - 1995 - 2008.
Randy Young, 10 January 2015

Previous flags

1981 flag

[Flag of Akron, Ohio] image by António Martins, 1 October 2002

A white flag with the seal centered on it.  The lettering on the seal says: 1981 - ALL AMERICA CITY - 1995   CITY OF INVENTION.

"Akron, Ohio is an award-winning city with a storied past and a promising future. The City of Akron Seal was designed to reflect the pride that the people of Akron feel for our community. The red, white and blue color scheme is used to symbolize our status as an All-America City. The seal incorporates the official design of the All-America City Award, presented by the National Civic League to Akron in  1981, 1995, and 2008. In the blue field of the shield (Pantone Blue 287) there are 10 stars representing the 10 wards of the City of Akron. The stripes (Pantone Red 186), in addition to recognizing the official logo of the All-America City Award, also mirrors the logo of one of our city's most beloved institutions recognized throughout the world, the All-American Soap Box Derby. First adopted in 1996, the City of Akron Seal is displayed on official correspondence, on vehicles, signs, banners, flags, and pins, and recognizes officially-sponsored city events."
Valentin Poposki, 16 March 2009

1965 flag

[Seal of Akron, Ohio] image by Rob Raeside, 2 June 2014

AKRON FORMER FLAG (From American City Flags): "Akron's former flag also places the city seal in the center of a white field. That former logo-type seal is oval, oriented horizontally. On a blue background is a rhomboid (a diamond shape). A horizontal blue line that narrows at both ends at the two horizontal points of the diamond divides it horizontally, producing two isosceles triangles. At the inner ends of the line are two short vertical lines the same width as the greater part of the horizontal lines, in a "T" turned sideways. Between the two inner ends, a white tree trunk expands above into five straight white branches tipped with arrowheads: two horizontal, one vertical, and two halfway between the others. The branches are on a field of red, with a white border that forms an "A" with very short feet. The trunk extends below the centerline to form five white roots, similarly placed below as the branches are above, but on a blue background, again with the white "A" border, this time inverted. Curved clockwise over the top of the oval is THE CITY OF, curved counterclockwise below the oval is AKRON . OHIO, all in blue. Between the two groups of letters on either side are five small red isosceles triangles resembling sun's rays emanating from the oval. The overall effect is that the bottom half is a virtual mirror image of the upper half, with the differences noted. The flag's proportions are 5:7 (usage).

This flag, designed by Sam Scherr, an industrial designer, was officially adopted in August 1965. Mr. Scherr, explaining the symbolism of his design, said that it was based on historic concepts as well as future image desires. The small triangles represent the 10 wards - also expansion - and growth. The triangle shapes represent Summit, and Akron means Summit in Greek. The letter 'A' is for Akron. The abstract tree represents life - growth - expansion. The top part represents direction - progress; and the bottom part represents planning - traffic - street layout. Two triangle represent the original two Akrons and are enclosed in a quartic shape to form present-day Akron. The passage between the 'A's represents Akron, the City of Bridges. Summit is also the name of the county of which Akron is the seat."

Ben Cahoon, 2 June 2014

Detail of seals

Current Seal

[Seal of Akron, Ohio] image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 March 2009

Former Seal

[Seal of Akron, Ohio] image provided by António Martins, 1 October 2002