Letter from Arsène Heitz to Filippo Caracciolo (Strasbourg, 5 January 1952)
Several dozen proposals for flags were submitted to the Secretary-General and the Director of Information of the Council of Europe by Arsène Heitz, an employee in the Council’s postal service and designer of the blue flag with 12 gold stars adopted in 1955 by the organisation’s Committee of Ministers. In this letter dated January 1952, he proposes a flag based on the standard of Charlemagne and the flags of the Scandinavian countries.
Source: Archives historiques du Conseil de l'Europe - Historical archives of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex. http://info.coe.int/archives/hist/flag/default.asp. Le drapeau - The Flag, 2191.
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