Posts Tagged ‘patriotic decorating’

Who is Uncle Sam, Anyway?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Wondering who Uncle Sam really is? We did some research into this iconic United States figure and here is what we found, courtesy of the History Channel:

Uncle Sam at SturbridgeOn September 7, 1913, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Wilson stamped the barrels with “U.S.” (for United States), but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” Local newspapers picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained nationwide acceptance as the nickname for the United States federal government.

In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast started to popularize the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today.

Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg. In Flagg’s version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I, this portrait of Sam with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916 with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.

In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.”

There you have it, straight from the historians themselves!

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Top 10 Things Your Garden Gives You

Monday, May 12th, 2014
May is Gifts From the Garden Month. After April’s spring gardening – April is National Gardening Month – it’s time to sit back and enjoy some of the benefits. Here are the top ten things your garden, large, small, or in-between, can do for you.
Hanging Metal Oval Sign Life is Good Garden Stake
10. Physical Fitness – This isn’t something you usually think of when gardening, but even keeping up with those weeds provides a gym-quality workout.
9.  Wildlife Refuge – Your garden plantings provide food and shelter for a whole host of creatures. Add a birdbath or fountain and you’ve provided everything an animal needs. Then you can sit back and enjoy their antics.
8.  Child-Friendly Creative Play – Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, involving children in the gardening process is a great way to teach them Earth science as well as build valuable shared memories. Plus, it’s fun!
7.  Increased Property Value – We all know about curb appeal. Gardens not only enrich our tenure living in a home, they inspire prospective buyers.
Tulip Plant Stand
Copper Star 6.  Flowers to Bring Inside – By planting a few varieties that produce cut flowers, you can bring the beauty and fragrance of your garden inside. You can even bundle some up to take to a friend.

5.  Beautiful Views – No matter where you are—outside or in—garden views augment your decor.

4.  Aromatherapy – Fragrant plants stimulate the senses and can improve your mood or reduce stress.

3.  Perfect Location for Parties – Who doesn’t enjoy a garden party? Places of natural beauty invite conversation and relaxation. With a garden as the venue, all you need for a successful party are refreshments.

2.  The Best Produce Available – Garden-fresh vegetables and fruits are the most flavorful and healthy you can eat. Fresh herbs from your garden provide more flavor than their store-bought companions.

And the number one gift your garden gives you?

1.  Time and a Place to Relax – Whether you find your zen in working with the plants, or in just sitting quietly and enjoying the views, your garden provides you with a huge variety of stress-reduction opportunities.

So get out there and putter around, then take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your garden is a gift to yourself and to the world around you.

Patriotic Poppies Flag
50 Star Flag Outdoor Bird Clock & Thermometer

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Made in the USA: Mailbox Wraps

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Warmer weather is here. Spruce up your yard and add a splash of color to your local landscape with bright and cheerful mailbox wraps all made right here in the USA, just a few of the options available in the Outdoor Decor category on our website.
Be Seen, In Style

Keep your mailbox standing out from the rest with delightful artwork that speaks to your character and style. Crafted with metal mailboxes in mind (with an adapter kit available for plastic or aluminum boxes), these magnetic mailbox covers will keep your yard looking unique, and more visible for the postman or calling guests. No matter the season, these charming options are always in style. Whether you have three feet of snow on the ground or a bunch of blooming flowers at the base of your postbox, these covers keep your yard looking great.

Lakeside Mailbox Cover
Pledge of Allegience Mailbox Cover Calico Kitties Mailbox Cover

Chickadees Mailbox Cover Easy to Use

To use your choice of magnetic mailbox cover, simply affix the magnetic strip to your metal mailbox, using the Plastic Mailbox Adapter Kit for a plastic or aluminum postbox. Once the cover has been applied, there is no need to worry about making adjustments as needed as it is conveniently magnetic, rather than adhesive.

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