Updated: Mar 28
In this post we explore the fascinating stamps which mostly appear in some of the older flags.
These stamps tell a significant time in history and some even have an accurate date in which these flags were made.
Below are some examples from our collection.
This flag has an unusual stamp of "The United Africa Company" The United Africa Company was a British company which principally traded in West Africa during the 20th century. The United Africa Company was formed in 1929 as a result of the merger of The Niger Company, which had been effectively owned by Lever Brothers since 1920, and the African & Eastern Trade Corporation.
Interesting stamped image of a Kindergarten from a 1950s flag.
The fabric used appears to be from the office of the head of a school (workshop) - stamped "Omanhenes Office" - in Breman Asikuma (Essikuma) in the Central Region of Ghana.
The stamp on the left side provides a handwritten date, which indicates the day on which this flag was registered in the Omanhene's office. The oval stamp on the right gives a name - Kobina Nyami - which might be the name of the flagmaker. The Omanhene is the highest authority in the Asafo system, he controls the various companies in a Fante State.
This stamp print is from a processional banner which reads "GB Ollivant Ltd" which was a division of The United Africa Company" (UAC) The United Africa Company was a British company which traded in West Africa during the 20th century. (now Unilever) Ollivant and Company was based in Manchester, UK primarily to ship cotton goods to Africa and buy African produce for sale in Europe. A partnership under the name of G B Ollivant & Company was formed by his sons Alfred and Charles in 1894.
The majority of older flags was made from European traded imported cloth.
Always insightful finding traces of history.