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Bolivian flags of 1851-1855

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Flag of 1851-1854

Flag of Bolivia
by António Martins, 22 Apr 1999

In 1851 the flag of today was introduced, the coat of arms being modified (once again) in 1888.07.14, thus being the introduction date of all sources.
Ralf Stelter, 13 Jun 1999

Flag of 1854-1855 (?)

Flag of Beni
image by Jaume Ollé, 02 Nov 1996

The book Wappen und Flaggen aller Nationen, by Smith and Neubecker [smi81g], at the chapter about the flag of Libya is a little notice about unicolour-flags:

Thow there are several examples of one-coloured national flags in history, for example
  • Sansibar (red 1856-1963)
  • France (white 1815-1830)
  • and Bolivia (green 1854-1855),
it is very unusual. Maybe because one colour makes it difficult to put symbolic inside.

I never heard before of a green flag of Bolivia and couldn’t find infos about this on line or the little books I bought in Bolivia about the national flag. (I only know, that the Bolivian department of Beni has a green flag.)

J. Patrick Fischer, 31 Jul 2004

J. G. Fuentes [fue75] shows the variants of the Bolivian flag 1825-26, the Bolivian monochrome official flags 1854-55 and the arms of Bolivia 1888-c1900 and since c1900.
Dave Martucci, 19 Mar 2000

Red-white-red flag

Red-white-red flag
image by Jorge Candeias, 09 Jun 1999

The very same coat-of-arms in a quite different background shows on a flag plate apparently from 1888. Earlier than that variation postcard but nevertheless younger than the current flag of Bolivia. The flag shown of the flag plate is a “spanish” triband of white-red-white with the arms centered on a white disc.
Jorge Candeias, 09 Jun 1999

This image is obviousely a mistake in the plate. They changed the upper and lower stripe from the original colors to white and the size of the stripes seems 3:4:3 instead the correct 2:4:2 (spanish pattern). The sun and the llama are missing except for some maroon part visible that probably must be the llama, and also are missing other devices except the palm (which must be an árbol del pán).
Jaume Ollé, 11 Jun 1999