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The BIE, the Bureau International des Expositions, is the international body that sanctions international expositions (world's fairs). It consists of the BIE logo in blue on a white field. The logo was created by a Japanese student in 1969. It is flown at all sanctioned world's fairs. I do not know if there is an official height-to-width ratio.
Urso S. A. Chappell, 3 January 2002
The world's fair flag was created for Expo'70 in Osaka. It is white with the BIE symbol in the middle. At most closing
ceremonies these days it is pass to the next host city something like the
Olympic flag. Many individual expos have had their own flags as well - for the most part these have also
been white with the each expo's symbol in the middle. The earliest flag
I've seen is from New York 1939.
Mike Kuna, 25 May 2002
Many of the World's Fairs appear to have developed unique flags for the event. We have tried to collect links to these flags below. The list of World's Fairs is based on one in the World Almanac, augmented by the Swedish Nationalencyklopedin (Vol. 20, VITRY-ÖÄ, Bokförlaget Bra Böcker, Höganäs 1996, p. 127). Some flags are only known (so far) by description - these are described below.
mid 1800's, New York (Bryant Park)?
1851, London (Crystal Palace) - the "first world fair"
1853, New York
1884, New Orleans
1894, San Francisco
1904, Saint Louis
1907, Hampton Roads, USA
1915, San Francisco
1915-16, San Diego
1922-23, Rio de Janeiro
1924-25, London (Wembley)
1929 Exposición Iberoamericana at Seville and Exposición Universal at Barcelona
1930, Seville, Antwerp, Liège
1937, Paris. The modern Breton flag (Gwenn-ha-Du) made one of its first public appearances during the 1937 Fair.
1939-40, New York
1939-40, San Francisco
1964-65, New York, blue and orange background with symbol
1967, Montreal, sky blue with symbol in white
1968, San Antonio
1970, Osaka, white with symbol in red or blue
1974, Spokane, white with symbol
1975, Okinawa, white with symbol in blue
1982, Knoxville, white with symbol in red
1984, New Orleans, white with symbol in blue
1985, Tsukuba, white with symbol in blue
1986, Vancouver, sky blue with symbol in white
1988, Brisbane, white with symbol
1992, Seville, white with symbol
1993, Taejon, white with symbol
1998, Lisbon, white with symbol
2000, Hannover, there must have been about 5 or 6 different versions - for example green background with symbol in purple
2004, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
2004, Seto, Japan