National Geographic : 1946 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine -2- have won and topray that Hewill support ustotheendofourpresent struggle and guide usntothewayofpace. Ialso oall upon mycountrymen todedioate this day ofprayer memory ofthose whohave given their live tomake possible our XITNESS WFiROF, Ihave herunto set mybandand caused United State ofAmerica tobeaffixed. the city ofWashington this eighth day ofMay inthe year ofour Lord nineteen hundred and forty-five By the President ActingSecretary ofStat. Our Country's Eagle Seal Made V-i When President Truman announced victory inEur the Nation on May 8,1945, heread from hisofficial page of which is shown. Note theclarity oftheim] of the United States, made with thepress shown on scalloped, or invected, edges, while those used byIo\ or serrated. A light-blue ribbon isaffixed toPreside secretary of state, was followed forseals of the States; the adviceofthe official custodians of Federal seals forthe others. When the seal is considered the coat ofarms, oran integral part of thearms, colors areusually officially prescribed. South Carolina, however, merely describes the colors as "proper," theheraldic term for natural colors. It also specifies that thesky be "azure." As applied tosuch objects as trees and weapons,itispossible tofollow such a direction. But what isthe"proper" color for a woman'shair ordress? Tradition plays apart. Forexample, the blue inthereverse of theMaryland seal has been used onevery State publication ex amined. Yet there is noreference toblue in theofficial description. Thirty-two States usetheseal, orsome feature ofit,ontheir State flags. These have often served asguides. Seals asDistinctive asFingerprints and ofthSeals arelike finger prints; notwodesigns Independance can beexactly alike. ofthentd They furnish irrefu state. ofAerica table evidence ofautheonehundred thentication. adsixty-ninth. Inaperiod when most people canwrite andevery official docu ment may have tobemade outintriplicate, signatures andrubber stamps often replace thebeautiful seals used when writing wasanaccomplishment forkings andclergy anddocuments were onparchment orhand made paper. SBut even today, when permanence, dignity, andformality areTheNational Archives desired, there isnosubEDay Official stitute foraseal. The ropeinaradio address toproclamation ofvictory Proclamation, thesecond inEurope seemed more pression oftheGreat Seal page 41.The wafer hassolemn because itcarva(page 13)arepointed, ried theGreat Seal ofntial proclamations, theUnited States. Greatly asseals oftheStates differ inappearance, astudy reveals that they have many devices andideas incommon. Sixteen State seals qualify asarmorial, orheraldic, inthestrict sense ofhaving ashield asthemain device. "Farm and Fight" Motif inState Seals Landscapes depicting theregion appear either asamajor feature orasabackground forhalf theseals. Mountains andplains, oceans andwaterfalls-nothing istoogreat ortoosmall. Agriculture finds aplace inmore than half.