Lovin' That Lone Star Flag

Lovin' That Lone Star Flag

by E. Joe Deering
     
 

Texans will decorate almost anything with their state flag, and E. Joe Deering has the pictures to prove it.

In Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag, photographer Deering has collected more than a hundred of his favorite images, showing state-flag-adorned pickup trucks, belt buckles, hang gliders, rooftops, and more.

Starting when he was a staff

Overview


Texans will decorate almost anything with their state flag, and E. Joe Deering has the pictures to prove it.

In Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag, photographer Deering has collected more than a hundred of his favorite images, showing state-flag-adorned pickup trucks, belt buckles, hang gliders, rooftops, and more.

Starting when he was a staff photographer for the Houston Chronicle, Deering began noticing, as he toured the state on various assignments, how often he saw the image of the Texas flag painted on buildings, vehicles, barn doors, and other places. His curiosity led to an idea for a photographic essay, published by the Chronicle, and this in turn resulted in an exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station of his “flagotography.”

Paired with Deering’s lively captions recording the circumstances and locations of these uniquely Texan creations as well as former Chronicle colleague Ruth Rendon’s introduction of Deering and his work, these striking photographs capture Texans’ infectious enjoyment of their state symbol on land, on water, and in the air.

Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag will bring a smile to your face. It might even get you in the mood for a little Texas Two-Step. . . .
 

Editorial Reviews

Review of Texas Books

"Deering's book is a must have. The catchy, eye-pleasing coll
— Holly Carey

professor of cultural geography, Texas A&M University - Jonathan M. Smith

". . . A fine tribute to a proud tradition. "-Jonathan M. Smith, professor of cultural geography, Texas A&M University

Review of Texas Books - Holly Carey

"Deering's book is a must have. The catchy, eye-pleasing collection is recommended for those who enjoy not just the Texas flag but also for those hungry for a glimpse of ordinary Texas life from Fort Worth and Dallas to the plains and countryside." -- Holly Carey, Review of Texas Books

Very people know the design of their state flag, but in Texas, it seems a requirement for citizenship. Of course, the Lone Star Flag carries a unique history. First adapted in 1839, it was the official banner of the short-lived (1836–46) Republic of Texas. With that special status, it's not surprising that this home state flag holds a special place in the hearts of Texans. As a staff photographer for the Houston Chronicle, E. Joe Deering has traveled the state, snapping pictures of the curious uses that Texans make of the Lone Star Flag. In this patriotic pictorial, he collects more than 100 photos of the state flag-adorned barns, pickup trucks, rooftops, windmills, belt buckles, mailboxes, and, of course, hang gliders. Home state pride on display.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603441483
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
1,085,915
Product dimensions:
11.24(w) x 11.22(h) x 0.76(d)

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professor of cultural geography

". . . A fine tribute to a proud tradition. "-Jonathan M. Smith, professor of cultural geography, Texas A&M University

— Jonathan M. Smith
professor of cultural geography, Texas A&M University

Meet the Author


E. JOE DEERING retired from the Houston Chronicle in 2005. These days, he photographs Texas and Texans from his Hill Country home base in Kerrville, Texas.

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