|Car dealership, IH-45 northbound frontage road south of Dickinson.|
|This Texas flag appears to be the wrong dimensions, making it not the flag of Texas. |
Inset thumbnail from this Wikipedia site and annotated to illustrate proportionality.
|Text copied from this site and then annotated.|
And it's the distorted dimensions, specifically the extra length, that makes that billow as visually striking as it is. Which leads me to suspect that the businesses displaying these things are more interested in catching your eye for the purpose of drawing you into their showrooms than they are in respectfully celebrating our collective Texas heritage. That may not be illegal, but in my books, it's bad taste.
|There are examples of these pseudo-flags all over the internet. Here's a miscellaneous stock thumbnail also annotated to show an extra third of length. This ratio is not 2:3 - it's closer to 1:2.|
"Dear Mr. Car Dealer: Rather than exploiting an exaggerated representation of the Texas flag as an attention-getting device for your businesses, why not instead host an authentic patriotic display? If you must leverage your customers' flag fondness for your own commercial gain, it would arguably be in better taste to obtain an official flag, one flown over our Texas Capitol, and present it to your customers in its proper respectful context for all to enjoy."
|You can actually purchase these things if you want to. The flag shown above has been folded and foreshortened by wind in this photo, but it does appear to have the correct aspect ratio. Or close to it...|
Image from this Wikimedia site.
|Oh, dear God! "A properly-folded 3'x5' Texas flag"? Apparently the House of Representatives apparently doesn't know the proper flag dimensions either! 2:3 is not equal to 1:2 is not equal to 3:5. Close only counts in horse shoes, doesn't it?|
Screengrabbed from this site as it appeared on July 20, 2013, and annotated.
|Almost eighteen thousand 3' x 5' rugs to choose from, none of which look a danged thing like the flag of the great state of Texas.|
Screengrabbed from an Amazon search, and annotated.