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Put out more flags
Along time ago, during Prohibition in fact, a yachtsman put in at Abercrombie & Fitch's eighth floor, where they sell fishing tackle and camping and yachting supplies to New Yorkers who want to escape. The yachtsman wanted A & F to design him a signal flag which would advise his friends in the fleet that he was serving drinks aboard, something he could run up whenever he felt lonely.
Mr. Ray Langan, who manages the floor, designed a simple little thing?a green highball glass on a white field?and then, thinking it might interest other yachtsmen, asked the originator if he would let the store use his design. The man said no, explaining that he wanted the particular design to be his exclusively, but added that A & F might adapt the idea.
After some discouraging talk with other A & F executives, who felt that few Prohibition-day yachtsmen would be likely to advertise the presence of liquor aboard their vessels, what with lurking Coast Guard cutters and all, Mr. Langan stubbornly brought forth a cocktail flag, showing a red cocktail glass "emblazoned on a white field, giving somewhat the effect of a Jack Rose.
It was thought not seemly to advertise or otherwise promote the flag and so it was laid quietly on a counter, where people passing by might inquire about it if they liked. During the first year 1,700 yachtsmen, and possibly some fraternity houses, bought the flag.
In the years since then the cocktail flag has been a steady seller and has become an international symbol of seagoing hospitality, as familiar to the Riviera as on Montego Bay. A convention has grown up whereby the flag, flown upside down as a distress signal, means "Who's got a drink?"
Last year Mr. Langan came up with a beer flag, showing an old-fashioned beer mug with foaming head rampant on a field of blue. Seen from a far distance on a clear day, the blue fades into the sky and one gets the impression that a cool mug of beer is riding-over the waves. It is very attractive and could have been used by the Lorelei.