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The Washington State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Washington serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Evergreen State". The Washington state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The spirit of the state is reflected in the Washington state motto:

"By and by"

The Washington state seal identifies government buildings and officials and is a centerpiece for the Washington state flag. The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.

Washington State Seal


Facts on the Washington State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the Washington State Seal:

Washington State Seal Facts
Fact 1: The first seal used was that of the Washington Territory that existed from March 2, 1853, until November 11, 1889 when statehood was achieved

Fact 2: Charles Talcott suggested the design taken from a postage stamp

Fact 3: In 1967 the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington was used to update the design

Washington Territory Seal


Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Washington State Seal
The Washington Territory Seal (18531889) is pictured above. The seal displayed an image of the Goddess of Hope with an anchor at her feet. The anchor symbolized hope and is a Biblical reference to Hebrews 6:19 that states "We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, firm and secure... " The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems on the front of the Washington State seal are as follows:

The obverse (front) side Great State Seal is dominated by a depiction of George Washington (1732-1799)

He was a delegate to the First Continental Congress and appointed general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army in 1775.
On July 4 1776 he signed the Declaration of Independence
He led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
He was unanimously Elected first President of the United States in 1789
The seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

Washington Flyer
This is a flyer that depicts the 1904 design of the seal. The surrounding images are interesting as they portray pictures of the industries that were important to the early economy of the state. More than half of the land is forested and the lumber and wood-products industry is reflected in the picture of the lumberjack and his team of horses pulling logs. The other picture represents the importance of the shipping industry to the economy.


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