Product Description: This is a beautiful and very desirable State Service Flag (Reichsdienstflagge) in near mint condition. These were used on official Reich buildings. The size is 50 x 85 centimeters, the smallest of the official sizes used for this flag type, which makes this a very displayable flag. It is in very close to factory mint condition, with only a hint of age toning. The material has no signs of moth damage, no stains or any other condition issues to note. It retains full, bright original color. This printed State Service Flag features a large central swastika as well as a German national eagle and swastika emblem, a very striking design. It has a textbook white header on the hoist end, stamped with the designation of this flag type (“R.Dflg.” for Reichsdienstflagge), the size 50 x 85, and also the maker stamp of Koechlin, Baumgarner & Cie. A.G., Lörrach. This State Service Flag is an example of this flag type that would be very hard to upgrade.
Historical Description: The red flag with white central disk and black swastika was introduced by Hitler in the 1920s as the flag of the National Socialist political party. In 1933, shortly after the Nazis took power, this party flag was recognized alongside the black-white-red Imperial tricolor as one of Germany’s national flags. In 1935, the use of the tricolor flag was discontinued, and between September 1935 and May 8, 1945, the Nazi party flag was the sole national flag of Germany. From its creation in the 1920s through the end of the war, this swastika flag was made and used in endless variations, from the massive banners hung at Party Day rallies to small pennants, bunting flags, and hand-held paper flags distributed along parade routes. These flags, banners and pennants flew from ships, were hung from official and private buildings, and were displayed outside business and private homes. At the end of WWII, the Allied military governments abolished the use of all Nazi symbols, including the national flag. Most Third Reich era German national flags were simply destroyed.
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