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TheSealofPhiladelphia The Seal of Philadelphia(1874)

The seal was adopted by City Council on Feb. 14, 1874. Its centerpiece is a shield displaying a ship under full sail at the bottom and a plow above.

The ship was the symbol of the Free Society of Traders, a London business organization that promoted the colony of Pennsylvania (and gave its name to Society Hill). The vessel also represents commerce. The plow is the symbol that WIlliam Penn assigned to Chester County. It is also a general heraldic symbol for agriculture, which was very important in the settlement and history of Pennsylvania.

Two Female figures flank the shield. The one on the left wears an olive garland and holds a scroll inscribed with an anchor. The garland signifies peace, and the anchor also signifies hope. The figure on the right holds a cornucopia, symbolizing abundance.

Above the shield appears a bent arm holding the scales of justice and mercy, and below is a macaronic phrase containing the greek and latin words Philadelphia Maneto - "Let Brotherly Love Continue". The words come from the New Testament - Hebrews 13:1 - and are said to have been uttered by the last of the Penns visiting Philadelphia in the 19th century.

The seal's blue and gold are the city's colors. Blue the color of the heavens, stands for aspiration. Gold signifies high worth.



Philadelphia Flag
Philadelphia Maneto

Partners For Civic Pride is a nonprofit group of citizens dedicated to uniting Philadelphians by pursuing, promoting, and celebrating the four founding principles and city motto as depicted on our Philadelphia Civic Flag at every opportunity. PFCP believes that the constant use and display of the Philly FLAG will help to foster pride in Philadelphia. The four founding principles are: Peace, Hope, Justice and Prosperity. The city motto is: PHILADELPHIA MANETO, which means "LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE".

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PFCP Announcements

Now accepting nominations for 2015 PHILADELPHIA MANETO AWARDS!

Deadline for nominations - Midnight - December 31, 2014.

BIG NEWS!!!

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission / Bureau of Historic Preservation verified a most significant fact in a letter dated February 21,2014: quote, "...the nomination verifies that THIS IS THE FIRST CIVIC FLAG IN THE NATION" based on the research presented by PFCP to request an historic marker for the Philly Flag. PFCP is currently working on further verification of our research with an independent, accredited Historian, as a final step towards obtaining a local historical marker by the 120th Anniversary Celebration on MARCH 27, 2015! There will be more PR about this significant finding upon the conclusive verification from the independent source. Stay tuned for more FLAG-TASTIC details in the coming months!

Founders Vision
Partners For Civic Pride

In 1998 Brenda Exon discovered that Philadelphia has a flag. These were her thoughts at that time:

I see an opportunity for a citywide “Philly FLAG Campaign” to promote civic pride via the Philadelphia Civic Flag with its meaningful motto and powerful symbols. This new “civic experiment ” may foster the spirit of the original Holy Experiment of William Penn, who named his new, green country town, Brotherly Love, believing that a city founded with Love will be a good and just place to live.