Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Annin Flagmakers book wins Apex Award

“Annin Flagmakers: An Illustrated History,” published by, has won an Apex Award of Excellence for One-of-a-Kind Publications. This year’s contest (the 26th annual) drew almost 2,100 entries; our book was one of six winners in the for-profit section of the custom publishing category. It seems to be the only corporate history book to win a 2014 Apex.

Kudos to the team: author Marian Calabro, designer and production manager Christine Reynolds, McCarthy Printers in Maine who printed the book using wind power, the expert bookbinders at HFGroup Acme Binding in Boston, and most of all to the great people at Annin. It was an honor to tell the story of a sixth-generation family business that has made flags in the USA since 1847. Annin is headquartered in the great state of New Jersey and has manufacturing plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

US Civil War signal flags, the flag that draped Abraham Lincoln's coffin, America's Cup yacht flags, the first World's Fair in London and every World's Fair since, the first flag raised at Iwo Jima, banners and flags for the United Nations, the 9/11 memorial, and countless front porches ... Annin made them all.