Volume 15, 2008
Lane J. Harris
Standard Messages: Institutional Identity and Symbolism in Chinese Postal Flags, 1896–1949
The Chinese post office used flags to mark its facilities—buildings and vehicles—during an era when it served as one of the only unifying institutions in an otherwise fractured nation ruled by factions, warlords, and quasi-states. From the “Flying Goose” to the “automatic canceller mark”, its flag designs invoked speed, loyalty, and reliability.