Circa 1910-1930 Shipping Lines’ Flags & Funnels

I’m working on something which necessitated some research into period steamship companies. I thought these images might be useful to someone else as well. This is a very random sample:

The old Lloyd’s book has an enormous number of flags as well:

Lloyd’s Book of House Flags and Funnels, 1912

Ceres Station Seal Shirts

I think I’ve finally got a good replica of the ‘seal’ of Ceres Station. It has some asymmetrical idiosyncrasies that were difficult to nail down with the reference material available.


Available in 3 versions at TeePublic.

The Hunt for Red October: Soviet Ambassador’s Lapel Pin

The Soviet Ambassador Lysenko (excellently played by Joss Ackland) is wearing a red, flag-shaped lapel pin. The President’s National Security Advisor Mr. Pelt (also excellently portrayed by Richard Jordan) is likewise wearing a US flag lapel pin.

However, the ambassador’s pin is not a simple Soviet Union national flag. Upon closer inspection, it appears to be emblazoned with the text “ВЕРХОВНЫЙ СОВЕТ СССР,” “Supreme Soviet of the USSR.” This was the most powerful legislative body in the Soviet Union.


Similar (almost certainly replica) pins can be found for about $15 on Ali Baba, or for ludicrously high prices on eBay.

For Sale: Alien: Men’s UK7 Union Jack Symbol Dark Shirts

Designed by Ron Cobb in 1978, vectorized by me in 2015 with mathematical precision. Now available on light and dark tees. May I suggest the ‘dark royal?’ Note that the blues are close, but not an exact match… Perhaps black, then?


Alien Universe Replica Graphics Update: August 7, 2015

Got some more work done on these today. Finished my apocryphal tax stamp. Replicated a Sevastopol patch. Replicated an unused graphic by Moebius. Finished the MU-TH-UR circuit pattern last night. Added the “Weylan-Yutani” stacked wordmark from the beer can. Made my own horizontal version of same. Did some guess work and tests on ‘populating’ my Balaji box with text. By which I mean: what does this look like? Looks like a long word and a short word. What could that be? Does XYZ fit here? Does that look like caps and lowercase or caps and small caps? What would a cigarette pack likely say here? What should be on it? UPC code? If so, where? What sides do we not see in the film? Etc, etc… Also tweaked my Nostromo boot-up screen to look more like low-res video. Added noise, etc.

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