“We made our home in D.C., and we wanted to give a symbol of that to our family in New York,” said Stanton, 33, a lobbyist who has lived in the District for eight years.
They ordered the mugs from Pulp on 14th Street, where manager Beverly Jones said almost everything with the D.C. flag on it has been selling out.
“It’s an amazing thing,” Jones said.
The District of Columbia didn’t even have a flag until 1938. The movement to create one began when troops returning from World War I noticed that all of the other returning soldiers had their state flags displayed, said Nelson Rimensnyder, 70, an elected historian for the Association of the Oldest Inhabits of the District of Columbia.
There was a contest, and a design was chosen based on George Washington’s family crest, he said. “These days, if someone wants to use it to promote their business or put it on their body in a reasonable place — not on their fannies — then that’s just great,” said Rimensnyder.
In the 1990s, many of those associated with the local punk scene got D.C. flag tattoos as a symbol of city pride. District-based bands, including Nation of Ulysses, adopted the flag’s image.
More recently, in 2004, the flag experts of North America (or vexillologists) came together to vote on their favorite city flags. D.C. was voted No. 1.
“Graphically, it’s really just a great design,” said Kendra Kuliga, a 39-year-old graphic designer and artist who last week was putting the finishing touches on one of the Three Stars murals. Kuliga has helped several businesses with their D.C. flag logos. Inside the brewery, the flag is everywhere: on kegs and even on a wooden beer paddle.
“We are all about the D.C. flag,” said Coleman, who was wearing cargo shorts and his company’s T-shirt — which features, of course, a D.C. flag.
“D.C.’s not my home town, but it’s definitely home.”