Admitted to the Union on
November 11, 1889, Washington was a little slow
about officially adopting a state flag
specification. But, once
the territory became a
part of the United States, there seems to have
been little doubt that a state flag would honor
George Washington in some way.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, many towns and cities throughout the
state informally adopted a military flag that
displayed a gold profile of our first President
on blue bunting. Other flags in use simply
centered the state seal on a field of purple or
green similar to the current design.
When an official Washington
State Flag was finally adopted on May 5, 1923,
the legislature described the flag as
"...of dark green silk or bunting and shall
bear in its center a reproduction of the
seal of the state of Washington..."
Originally, the law allowed
that the flag to might be edged with either gold
or green fringe. This was changed in 1925 to
specify a gold or yellow color of "the same
shade as the seal."
The specifications for the
flag were amended in 2005 to reflect "textile
industry standards." Today's specification calls
for Cable Color (Textile) Spanish Yellow 100%68
or Pantone PMS DS-5-4 for both the state seal
gold and the gold fringe, if any