>I've usually thought of the signal flags as being stored in a >cubby hole style cabinet with a small space for each letter. >That allows quick retrieval of the correct letter without >having to unfurl it first. > >I think charts were stored in wide, deep, shallow drawers the >same as in a drawing office. They make it easy to thumb >through to the correct chart without beating them up. It is >also easy to slide a chart back in at its correct position in >the stack. If you have a lot of charts a stack of these >drawers becomes a cabinet that you can use as desk space for >reading the charts. > >Bill
That is still the exact same way we store our flags and charts today. Although we don't use many flags on our route we still have a huge (oak not teak) shelf with individual spaces for each signal flag. And despite the post 2013 international requirements for electronic charts the old paper charts are still stored in their low drawers.