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Paterson, New Jersey (U.S.)

Passaic County

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[Flag of Paterson, New Jersey] image by Michael D., 25 July 2019

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Paterson is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 149,222. Census population projections indicate a population of 148,708 as of 2006, making it New Jersey's third largest city. It is the county seat of Passaic County. Paterson is known as the "Silk City" for its dominant role in silk production during the later 19th century.

Paterson was originally formed as a township from portions of Acquackanonk Township on April 11, 1831, while the area was still part of Essex County. Paterson became part of the newly-created Passaic County on February 7, 1837. Paterson was incorporated as a city on April 14, 1851, based on the results of a referendum held that day. The city was reincorporated on March 14, 1861." - from Wikipedia:,_New_Jersey.

The flag is described on a project website: "The Flag of the City of Paterson consists of a white field with the coat of arms in old gold in the center with streamers of Jersey blue on which is inscribed "Founded in 1792," "Charter 1851," and "City of Paterson"."
And coat of arms, too:
"The Coat of Arms represents a man planting a mulberry bush, the only branch of the silk industry non-existent in this city. The motto, "Spe et Labore," meaning "With Hope and Labor", is inscribed above the emblem."
Valentin Poposki, 9 May 2008

I have a picture of Paterson's flag from 1984 article by Don Healy titled "Civic Flags of New Jersey".
Masao Okazaki, 25 July 2019

Variant flag

[Flag of Paterson, New Jersey] image by Masao Okazaki, 26 May 2020

Image based on a recent photo of the flag from the Paterson Times:
Masao Okazaki, 26 May 2020


[Municipal seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 11 October 2019

Paul Bassinson, 11 October 2019