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    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
    Mar 1996
    Upstate New York
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    Your generic city/town/village seal (AIB The Origins of Your Community)

    In this thread, started by Maister more than a year ago, he asks Cyburbians to tell the history of their community. That thread was inspired by a comment I made earlier about how it seemed like most of the communities I worked with, and many of those I didn't, all have the same history: a man named Ezekiel or Jebidiah , "the first white settler", builds a grist or lumber mill, which in turn is followed by someone named Obidiah or Zacharia who opens the first tavern. Alternatively, the tavern comes first, followed by the mill.

    I'm going to make a similar argument regarding the seals of most American cities, towns and villages. (For those outside the US, heraldry of government entities is quite odd; there's no coats of arms, but rather round-ish seals.) I think most municipal seals look alike, all having a few common themes. These include one or more of the following:
    • The county courthouse or city hall.
    • A "charter oak" or similar tree.
    • Pioneers, wagons and carts, and the like.
    • The geographic outline of the city, town or village boundaries.
    • Archaic industrial symbolism such as gears, smokestacks, steam locomotives, a man driving a sledgehammer, and so on.
    • A big honkin' star (in Texas).

    Often, seals haven't been updated in decades, so they'll contain politically incorrect imagery such as churches, bibles, crosses, or this:

    So, what's in your seal?
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    A tall ship (sailing) http://www.longbeachtownship.com/ima...ransparent.gif

    Where I live now - the dome of the old courthouse: http://www.vanderburgh.org/auditor/images/seal.jpg
    Last edited by JNA; 23 Aug 2008 at 5:18 PM.

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
    May 2003
    Northwestern Ohio

    Toledo OH

    Here's the seal for Toledo, OH.
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    Super Moderator kjel's avatar
    Dec 2005
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    Piscataway's seal is round and has a drawing of an arrowhead in it which is ironic because of approximately 50K population only 100 or so identify themselves as Native American. http://www.piscatawaynj.org/

    Greenville, SC has a more interesting seal. It is also round, but it is more of a geometric design in green and white with each part of it representing its people, natural resources, and industry; it was adopted in 1973. http://www.greatergreenville.com/cit...t/1973seal.htm
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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