A One-of-a-Kind Souvenir from Ohio
This unique state flag fridge magnet makes a great keepsake from your visit to "The Buckeye State", or it could also be a display of state pride for Ohio natives. The official Ohio State Flag is the only flag of its kind in the United States because of its unusual pennant shape. All other state flags in the U.S. are the standard rectangular shape. Not only does Ohio have the only "burgee" flag in America, ("burgee" being the proper name for this flag shape) but the Ohio burgee flag is one of only two official flags in the entire world with this kind of shape- the flag of Nepal is the other one.
The Ohio State Flag was designed specifically for the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 by an architect named John Eisemann, and then later that year adopted as the official flag for the state.
The Unusual Design of the Ohio State Flag and Its Symbolism
A large blue triangle with its longer point facing right forms the focal point of the Ohio State Flag design, and is accented by sweeping red and white stripes that come to points on the two pinnacles at the right end of the bold design. The blue triangle is meant to represent the hills and valleys throughout the state, and the red and white stripes stand for two different ideas: they are the rivers and highways traversing Ohio, and there are five of them, just as Ohio was one of five states that made up the Northwest Territory.
The middle part of the blue triangle is a white circle with a red center, and again, it's a symbol with dual meaning. The circle with a dark center closely resembles the round nut of the buckeye tree that grows plentifully throughout Ohio and gave the state its nickname. It is also the letter "O," which of course is the initial for Ohio. Outside the circle in the field of blue are seventeen white stars symbolizing Ohio's status as the seventeenth state to join the United States.